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Tomatoes & basil & onions, oh my!

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I know I’ve posted this recipe before, but with summer just around the corner, I thought I’d bring it up again! Tomatoes & basil is pretty much the yummiest combination ever, if I do say so myself, & the addition of sweet onion creates a party in your mouth. For a real treat, throw in some true fresh mozzarella, & you’re basically set for life.

I hadn’t actually planned to make this, it being April & all (aka, the tomatoes are generally still lifeless), but my local farm market had three things last weekend: these sweet candy onions (pictured below), absolutely gorgeous fresh basil, & the reddest little tomatoes I’ve seen since October. I kid you not, I did a little celebration dance right there in the market. YAY! I knew exactly what I was making on Sunday!

Normally I try to eat things mostly in season, but I made an exception for these. I dare not think where they came from, or how they came to be so red & juicy in April, but I’ll tell you what – I savored every morsel. Oh, it’s so, so good. & so versatile! But I’m getting ahead of myself. The recipe for this salad is basic, but I’ll write it out anyways for those who need the exact directions…

Classic Tomato & Basil Salad

What you need:

  • Good, ripe tomatoes (I used small-ish ones; feel free to use any variety)
  • Onions (if you can’t find the delectable candy sweet ones, go for red)
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper


How to do it:

  1. Cut tomatoes into chunks. Because I used small ones, I simply quartered them, but when I use tiny grape tomatoes, I simply halve them. Toss some salt on them to bring out the flavor. Dice up your onions, & chop up the basil. Throw these three ingredients into a bowl (if you’re also adding mozzarella, go ahead & toss it in too).
  2. Drizzle on olive oil & balsamic; even to evenly coat everything. If you feel so inclined, add some Italian dressing.
  3. Add some fresh ground pepper, mix altogether, & voila! A super simple salad you can enjoy all summer long.


I mentioned the versatility of this mixture, & here are some ways I’ve used it

  • On its own as a side salad
  • Thrown on top of salad greens & chicken for an entree salad
  • Blended into a quick fresh sauce for pizza
  • If using big slices of tomato, as toppings for pizza – just throw on some fresh blobs of mozzarella, & you’re good to go!
  • Mixed with pasta or spaghetti squash for an easy dish
  • Spooned over chicken breast before baking
  • Mixed into a Big Bowl of Awesome a few moments before removing from heat
  • Served atop toast (gluten-free or otherwise) for quick crostini


Anyone have other ideas? Let me know how you’ll enjoy this in the coming months!


Author: Sarah

I'm Sarah Amazing: 32. Teen librarian. Feminist. Fangirl. Nerdfighter. Ohioan. Happily entwined.

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