The garden is bursting with fruit and someone is going to be singing the words of Guy Clark’s chorus, “Only two things money can’t buy; That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.”
We’re grateful for the modern supermarket and the convenience in obtaining many good quality fruits and vegetables year-round. Still there is nothing quite like fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables, especially if you pick them yourself…even more especially if you’ve participated in the gardening.
It seems to be universal that a homegrown tomato is proof of gardening excellency and bears almost no resemblance to the supermarket tomato. Most home gardens sport some kind of tomato variety, maybe more than one, if they’re lucky. Even people who don’t have a garden spot in the ground dedicate pots and planters on patios and decks in pursuit of cultivating the coveted home-grown tomato.
At our house the abundance of this fruit prompts meals featuring BLTs, homemade hamburgers and a favorite side dish…Seasoned Tomato Slices. For not liking fresh tomatoes myself (yes, there are a few of us in this world), I made a home run with this recipe.
Quite simply, it’s salad dressing and layers of sliced tomatoes in a shallow dish. In pursuit of natural and pronounceable ingredients, I’ve chosen not to purchase bottled dressings or seasoning packets. Starting with oil and vinegar, I then turn to my spice cupboard…adding a bit of this and a bit of that to compliment the fresh tomato flavor.
My family loves this dish…I hope yours will too.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp no salt seasoning
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
For garnish: fresh or dried basil and shredded parmesan cheese
Fresh Tomatoes (Beefsteak are delicious, homegrown beefsteak tomatoes are even better!)
Whisk oil, vinegar and spices together. Layer in a shallow dish with tomato slices. Garnish with basil and parmesan cheese, if desired.