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Aug 19, 2006 11:49 PM

Italian tomato salad

It's that wonderful time of the year that I'm able to have sun-kissed tomatoes direct from "mother earth" rather than the "gas houses"! I've been feasting on them in every conceivable way for the past three or four weeks now and have used them both old and new recipes.

Perhaps my all-time favorite way of eating them is in an Italian-style tomato salad my mother used to make almoat every day during the summer months. Her recipe includes tomatoes, onions, green bell pepper, garlic, basil. oregano, olive oil, and salt.

I know as many variations of this salad exist in Italian households as that of "Sunday gravy"; Which leads me to the question of "how does your family prepare this salad?" Vinegar? Bread? Hot peppers?

Help me widen my horizons!

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  1. Hey cucuzza, come stai? Take some nice Roma (plum) tomatoes, some beautiful yellow tomatoes (any variety), some kirbys or cucumbers, and slice them all up. Add some fine quality EVOO, some salt, and some dried oregano.

    [As an alternative, use fresh basil in place of the dried oregano. Also, try adding thinly sliced red onion as well, with some red wine vinegar]. Always have some good crusty bread on hand because the oil left at the bottom of this salad becomes a delicious dipping oil. Good eating!


    1. I like just so great sliced tomato with some sliced onion, dizzled with sweet balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.

      1. No bell peppers, but capers are nice.

        1. Our was tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, fresh basil, salt and a bit of chopped up hot peppers. Eat and soak up the juices with lots of bread. We occassionally add fresh buffalo mozzarella if we can get it (usually when we're in Italy).

          1. we often have the tomatoes with just oregano, oil, and garlic, but eat them on toasted bread with roasted peppers and/or eggplant. sprinkle romano cheese on top.