Summer time is Tomato time! Specifically…Heirloom Tomatoes!
I grew up with these kinds of tomatoes as a kid. Striped tomatoes, odd shaped tomatoes, tomatoes in nearly every color of the rainbow and then somewhere along the way tomatoes became standardized, boring and tasteless. Thank goodness that Heirloom Produce is making a comeback, because you haven’t tasted a tomato until you’ve tasted a REAL tomato like an Heirloom variety.
I have been making one particular salad with fresh Heirloom Tomatoes now for over a decade. In fact I feel like stepping back to Summer in the year 2006 just to show you a picture of this salad that has been my Summer signature and how it has remained virtually unchanged after all these years.
There isn’t really a recipe for how I make this salad. It’s more of a process and a combination of ingredients and you add them all together to make this stunning little tomato stack that explodes with the tastes of Summer all over your tongue.
Now let’s step in to the present day, actually yesterday to be exact. My guy knows that I am not one for jewelry and that I’d rather have a bottle of Truffle Oil over a bouquet of roses. So he got me bags of some absolutely beautiful produce to play around with yesterday. In those bags were gorgeous Heirloom Tomatoes – and this is what I did with them yesterday:
As you can see… not a whole lot has changed over the years, which just goes to show how this recipe has been a favored Summertime staple in our house.
Go check out Pike Place Market or your local Farmer’s Market right now, chances are the first Heirlooms of the season are making an appearance!