Italian Tomato Salad


This is my favorite tomato salad, and trust me, that is no small feat: I LOVE tomatoes and eat them by the pound when they are in season (preferably fresh-picked from the garden). This is a true Italian recipe out of a cookbook Mom bought in Italy. With recipes that are this good, let's hope she continues practicing her Italian by translating recipes from it into English for all of us!

Italian Tomato Salad

2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed*
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons olive oil
chopped basil (chopped green onions are also good)
cubed tomatoes

Marinate vinegar, garlic, and salt for 1/2 to 1 hour. Take out garlic and pour the dressing over cubed tomatoes. Add olive oil and basil or green onions. Mix and serve.

*To crush garlic, hold a knife with a wide blade flat and use one hand to press it down on the garlic cloves.

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