Welcome back friends. It’s tomato season here in the northeast and it’s honestly one of my favorite veggies of the summer aside from corn. Often times you’ll find either or both on my dinner table all summer long and today I’m sharing a super simple recipe using heirloom tomatoes.These weird looking tomatoes get their name from families who have grown a specific variety and passed them down from generation to generation. Unfortunately in the past 40 years there has been a loss of many heirloom varieties, along with the many smaller family farms that supported heirlooms. The multitude of heirlooms that had adapted to survive well for hundreds of years were lost or replaced by newer hybrid tomatoes which are bred for their commercially attractive characteristics.
Heirloom tomatoes are sweeter, typically have a shorter shelf life and are generally more disease resistant than most commercial tomatoes. Because they lack the genetic mutation that would normally give them a uniform red color, you get imperfect shapes, sizes and colors that make them perfect for a beautiful salad or tart! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:6]
This is a summer favorite of mine. It’s incredibly refreshing alone or perfect as a side dish. At times I’ll add corn, avocado or black olives depending on what I have on hand but generally this is how I like to make it with a nice chunk of crusty French bread to scoop up any remaining juices! Enjoy!