If my 10 year old self saw the title to this post and knew I wrote it, she would have said, " tomatoes?! ewwww!". But I also said the same thing about mustard. Now I love mustard. I guess taste-buds do change over time.
That's OK by me because my garden is bursting with tomatoes of all kinds! Big juicy heirlooms, yellow cherry tomatoes, and yummy romas! This was my very first time growing heirlooms and I didn't know what to expect. I was excited to see the first little blossoms become cute baby tomatoes. Then they got to be the size of my fist! And then they stayed green for a long time and I thought I broke it. But I saw some color creep in one day and knew things were on track.
I have many ideas for my heirlooms, but I simply wanted to eat them in the way nature intended: straight from the vine, sliced on my plate and among other friends from our garden!
This salad is literally summer on a plate and I LOVE it! Big slices of juicy heirloom tomatoes of varying color, topped with fresh garden sage leaves, sliced red onion, some cherries sprinkled, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. YUM!
2 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced thick
¼ red onion, sliced thin
A few sage or basil leaves, as desired
A handful of halved cherry tomatoes
Salt & Pepper
2 tbs of balsamic vinegar
Place tomatoes on a plate
Top with remaining veggies
Drizzle the balsamic vinegar
Serve with some grilled stuff! ( Chicken, burgers, smoked salmon,)
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Beautiful photos -- your tomatoes seem to be jumping off the plate! It’s so great you grew these in your own garden. Any tips for beginners looking to start their own patch?
Thanks Felicia! Definitely start them as seedlings inside and grow in a raised garden bed with plenty of sun, water, and love!