Growing up in Texas we pretty much had one season – hot! Living in Chicago for 10+ years got me accustomed to two seasons – hot and freezing! With the two extremes there was a small gardening window and shorter when you were trying to grow tomatoes. Then tomato crops were hit or miss. Now back in Texas, I am able to feed my tomato Jones with ease. Between the few different heirloom tomatoes (Black Krims and Paul Robesons) I grow and the many available at my local farmers market I have a plethora from which to draw on for my tomato salads. Yes I cop tomatoes like sneaker pimps cop tennis shoes.
To round out the salad I added a few different fresh herbs from my garden along with smoked chile infused olive oil and some delicious and ripe peaches I picked up at the farmers market as well. The salad is fine with a simple olive oil and red wine vinegar mix or if you’re like me go sans the vinaigrette. I know some prefer mozzarella cheese with their tomato salad, but we are dairy free in our house so I excluded it.
Regular tomatoes could work just as easy but you’d lose the variety and complexity of tastes as well as the visual presentation provided by heirlooms.
My tomato jones harkens back to the days of my youth tagging along with my grandfather for his weekly Saturday trip to the farmers market. He taught me how to pick the right tomatoes based on color and firmness.
With the fresh Saturday haul Sundays meant tomatoes would be featured in some form, but for me I just followed my grandfather’s lead which meant slices straight up with a little oil and vinegar. If it was a good week, meaning Pops was happy with my selection, I’d grab a whole one as a reward and walk to the park to watch the boys in hood play hoops and bag on each other’s moms.
Back then, it seemed like the soundtrack to every summer day was provided by Zapp or some other 80s funk band like One Way, Slave, Kleeer, or Midnight Star which was inevitably heard blasting from a big clunky “jam” box or from the trunk of an old school Cutless or Monte Carlo coupe outfitted with large house speakers. Listen to this as I reminisce on the summers past and cherish these current summer days.
prehydraulics so used landscaping boulders in new trunk. Also cats wore jheri curls and leather
Great beats, better eats! Enjoy
Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad
- 4 Heirloom tomatoes
- 2 Peaches pitted and sliced
- Fresh herbs basil, thyme, or oregano, chopped
- 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1/4 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
Slice tomatoes to desired thickness and plate.
Dress with herbs then oil and vinegar
Add salt and pepper to taste