Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ready for one of the easiest recipes ever?

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to cook. Ok, I also love going to brunch with friends, but cooking is high on the list too!

One of the best things about summer is garden fresh tomatoes! My first foray into gardening was in my tiny upper west side apartment. I had a small balcony and decided to try planting an urban balcony garden. I planted a whole pack of seeds, thinking, obviously, that none of them would grow.

I left them in the sunniest spot in the apartment for a few days and wondered what would happen.  When I returned from a trip, there were all these beautiful little sprouts. They had ALL grown!
So now I have like 25 tomato plants, but not enough space living in a tiny Manhattan apartment and I’m thinking what do I do with all these tomatoes!

I started calling and emailing my friends with places outside the city and by the end of the day I was dropping off arm fulls of tomato plants to my friends NYC offices to take home and plant. Picture me running around the city with a tote bag full of tomato plants!

I had reserved each of the corners on the balcony for the tomatoes, so I ended up keeping four of them. You may remember me talking about urban gardening in this post here.

Here’s a fast and easy recipe to try since it’s still tomato season and the last days of summer are still full of sun to ripen them beautifully. I always like picking up fresh tomatoes from the Union Square Farmers Market, but there are other markets in the city or wherever you live to try if you don’t have the space or time for a garden!

4 Tomatoes

2 Branch of Chives

1 Sprig Parsley

Olive Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar

Garlic Salt

Sea Salt

This will serve 2

1. Cut the tomatoes into Wedges.

2. Mix desired amount of dressing in a bowl using the olive oil, apple cider vinegar and a pinch of garlic salt.

3. Add the tomatoes to the bowl and stir in the dressing.

4. Finely cut the chives and add to the bowl stirring into the mixture

5. Lightly sprinkle sea salt

6. Garnish with a sprig of parsley

7. Enjoy!

Optional to add finely chopped onions

This is a simple and delicious recipe, with the added bonus of being super low calorie! Not to mention tomatoes are high in antioxidents, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and many other healthy components!

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4 Responses to Simple Saturday Tomato Salad Recipe

  1. Claire

    This is a great simple recipe. Love the pics! Thanks for sharing!

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