I absolutely love salads that do not require dressing preparation on a side (hello, tomato and red onion salad and tomato feta pasta salad). Like this simple tomato basil salad – cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and the rest are the spices in your fridge/pantry. You throw everything together in a bowl and gently stir. The end result – delicious full of flavour summer salad full of antioxidants, vitamins A + C, and folic acid. And of course with a bit of a heat kick with Tabasco® Original Red Sauce.
While creating this recipe, I thought of my Ukrainian grandma’s ability to make delicious meals with minimal ingredients. She made the most delicious tomato salad ever – tomatoes, onions, unrefined sunflower oil, salt and pepper. I could never get enough of it as a kid. By the way, do you know that tomato is a fruit?! Probably that’s why I loved it that much. I just adore all fruit and I would easily trade it for a glass of wine but not for a cup of coffee though.:)
Since onion was not on the list of the 10 Ingredient Tabasco® challenge (=> grilled fish kebabs), I used Tabasco®. No brainer, right?! Tomatoes and basil are a match made in heaven. Also eggplant pairs really well with the other two in this fish skillet. Tossed with cider vinegar and a bit of a peppery sauce, this salad came out sweet, zesty and with a bit of heat.
And the best part of this simple tomato salad is at the end – the juice. As a kid, I always used to dip an end piece of a fresh dark rye bread that I got at our tiny grocery store that day. Every day throughout the summer grandma would give me an exact change to buy a loaf of fresh bread that was delivered to the store. There was no set delivery time and we had no phones back then, so I either kept checking my store or asking the neighbours to see if the bread has been delivered. It would go stale or eaten within a few days. Our fridges were tiny, so really couldn’t freeze it either. Speaking about convenience and “hard” life today. I often think of my childhood, when I get into my leather heated seats car to drive to Costco and stock up with any food I want. Really?! Life must be hard for many of us!
Back to simple tomato salad. Serving ideas are endless. Serve alongside grilled lemon rosemary chicken or Greek style chicken kebabs. Also grilled fish kebabs pair nicely with this salad. In all honesty, I don’t worry too much about food pairings. I just make sure I cover all groups at almost every meal (some dinners are lighter) – carbs, protein and fats. Of course the meal should make sense but food is food. I wouldn’t serve Mediterranean quinoa salad with Greek yogurt pasta salad, but quite often my plate looks quite versatile. Especially with all the recipe testing that’s going on in my kitchen. So, don’t over think your meals. Just eat real food and enjoy every bite. I have been working really hard on eating slow and enjoying my meals. It’s hard!:) But I will keep trying. Enjoy the salad!
- 1.5 lbs cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters
- 2 tsp olive oil, extra virgin
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp original Tabasco sauce
- 1/4 cup basil, chopped
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and gently stir to combine. Serve chilled.
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving = 2/3 cup:
Total Fat: 2.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 438.0 mg
Total Carbs: 12.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Protein: 0.0 g
WW Points+: 2
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tabasco® Original Red Sauce. All opinions are my own and I recommend exclusively products that I love, tried myself and are good for your health.