This is the height of summer time tomato crops in back yard gardens, decks and patio containers across the Americas. We got a hold of some fresh backyard garden tomatoes and I immediately put together this summertime tomato salad using some fresh basil from our herb garden. Tomatoes pare well with soft cheese and fresh basil like a match made in heaven, well a match made in my kitchen too! This is a really quick recipe, on takes about 5 or 10 minutes to prepare and it is a great cool side dish to any meal. We ate this along side some roasted lemon and herb chicken leg quarters last night.
4 medium Tomatoes
½ cup Red onion, julienne
½ cup Monterey Jack cheese, sliced into ¼” thin strips
½ Tbsp Italian seasoning mix
1 Tsp Garlic salt
½ Tsp Black pepper
½ Cup Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing
2 Tbsp Basil, fresh leaves
- Slice the tomatoes into 8 wedges each and place in a stainless steel mixing bowl.
- Add the red onion and the jack cheese and toss well.
- Add the Italian seasoning, garlic salt, black pepper and toss well. Then add the dressing and the fresh basil leaves and toss well.
- Chill well before serving.