Tomato, Basil Salad

With summer here, it’s a great time to take advantage of your summer garden or local farmer’s markets.  Living up in “the mountains” as I’ve been told that’s where I live, I still wanted to have a garden.  Due to the elevation and sporadic sun, I was cautiously hopeful.  My husband cut down some trees to allow for more sun and used the logs to build a raised garden.  Next, we had to put a fence around it to keep the deer and other wildlife out.  Much to my surprise, we have actually been able to grow some vegetables!  It is so much fun to check the garden and see what the fruits of our labor have produced, and also to see those that haven’t faired as well.  The beets, cucumbers, and beans are doing okay, radishes were a no go, zucchini plants are huge, but no zucchini, and our tomatoes are the largest plants I’ve ever seen!!!  With the cold front that we had towards the end of May, our tomato season has been pushed later this year.  However, we have tomatoes!  I went to my garden to get a few of the ingredients for the salad.  Tomatoes, Sungold tomatoes (little yellow-orange tomatoes – yum, yum), and basil were all gotten from our garden.  We didn’t plant lettuce, so that I had to get at the grocery store.  This turned out to be a nice and refreshing summer salad, and so easy to make.

Recipe for  Tomato, Basil Salad

Serves: 2
Lettuce – I prefer red, green, and butter lettuce
Handful of Sungold tomatoes – halved
6 Caprice tomatoes – quartered
Bunch of fresh basil – washed and stems removed
Fresh mozzarella – sliced
Balsamic vinaigrette
Dash of salt and pepper to taste

Place lettuce in salad bowl, add tomatoes (Caprice and Sungold), basil, mozzarella and balsamic vinaigrette.   Mix well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Tomato Basil Salad

Tomato Basil Salad

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