Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad Recipe

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Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad Recipe

It seems like my fondest memories always surround my grandfather.  He was my favorite person and I just adored being in his company.  He helped me build my first mini green house and plant my lettuce garden when I was barely 5 years old, and he is the soul and inspiration for this journal. 

He taught me how to rub a garlic clove on my bruschetta to get just the perfect coverage for my underdeveloped taste buds.  He thought me how to pick an heirloom tomato, how to save the seeds, dry them and plant them the following year. Most importantly he thought me about simplicity, taste and real food, and how to make my favorite salad in the entire world. The Best Grandpa on planet Earth, and if you knew him you would have asked him to adopt you.  He really was that awesome.

This heirloom tomato and cucumber salad has to be the best thing I ever ate; and continue to eat whenever I can get my hands on some organic heirloom tomatoes. You can of course make this with whatever tomatoes you like, but i must tell you: It won’t be the same thing. Based on their color, heirloom tomatoes have very distinctive sweet flavors, and tend to be very juicy. And that is where the magic comes from, after letting them sit in the olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing for a few minutes, they release some of their juices and blend together in the silkiest most amazing salad dressing you ever tasted. The magic will be in the bottom of that bowl, so flavorful and refreshing you might want to drink the leftover out of a crystal glass. 

Best Grandpa Who Ever Lived

 

Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad Recipe
( serves 4 )

  • 2 Lb Organic Heirloom Tomatoes cut into wedges
  • 1 English Cucumber – seedless thinly sliced
  • 6 Scallions -sliced
  • 2-3 Tbs red wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Tsp  Sea Salt + more to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste -freshly cracked

Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper together.  Pour over the sliced tomatoes, cucumber and scallions and toss to coat gently. Serve next to roasts, chicken or steaks.