Friday, January 27, 2023

Seasonal Finds: You Say Tomato

Tomato is the perfect fresh ingredient to use in just about anything from salsa to sandwiches to Bloody Mary’s. It may surprise you to learn that the tomato is actually a fruit, not a vegetable. We have Mexico to thank for recognizing it as a food instead of just a plant. The fruit began to spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Today it is eaten in countless ways and incorporated into many dishes, sauces, salads and drinks. I personally love to sauté tomatoes into a warm pasta sauce. Mmm.

Tomatoes come in too many classic and heirloom varieties to count. They are most abundant during their peak season in the summertime. To celebrate the first week of summer, I put together this gorgeous cherry tomato salad with dill cream dressing. The recipe uses cherry tomatoes, which are a small and rounded, ranging in size from a thumb tip up to the size of a golf ball. Cherry tomatoes can be red, yellow, green or black. At the local Whole Foods in Boca Raton, I picked up organic red and yellow varieties that taste so fruity I had to keep from popping the entire carton into my mouth (had to save some for the actual recipe).

For this salad, I liked the idea of slicing the tomatoes into halves to give it a chopped salad texture. The contrast of the sweet tomatoes with the tangy cream and dill dressing is amazing.

 

Cherry Tomato Salad with Dill Cream Dressing 

Makes two salad servings

Ingredients:

12 ounces red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved

2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon fresh minced dill, plus more for garnish

1 clove garlic, minced

Sea salt and pepper

Instructions:

1. In a small bowl, whisk the cream, dill, and garlic.
2. Place the cherry tomato halves into a large serving bowl, drizzle the dressing over them and toss.
3. Season with salt and pepper and toss.
4. Top with dill for garnish and serve.

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About Amanda Jane

Amanda Jane is the creator of the food blog Seasonally Jane, a creative space where she shares her love of seasonally inspired cooking through original recipes, photography and writing.  Seasonally Jane celebrates the use of peak-season fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on organic whole foods and unique ingredients. Amanda launched her blog in September 2014 and is based in Lighthouse Point.

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