With this beautiful day, I couldn’t help but throw together a summery salad for myself for supper. It’s so nice out, and this salad hit just the right spot, I very literally thought it was Friday when I started writing this post (I wish I was kidding). Tomato salad can be as easy or as complex a dish as you want it to be. This post will cover the most basic form of tomato salad (tomatoes only), but feel free to get creative with your dressing and add-ins. I love to throw in onion (white/yellow/red or green), cheese (fresh mozza is my favorite), fresh herbs, avocado, or cucumber in mine. And I will even give you a few options for dressings – one made with an herb mix that is available in pretty much every grocery store across Canada, and one that is a German import – but simply amazing to use if you are so inclined.
First off, pick your base – the tomatoes. You can use any fresh tomato you choose for this recipe – which is what makes it so great. Use your homegrown vine tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, romas, or whatever else you may have on hand. I chose this fun baby tomato variety pack I saw at Sobeys. Use as many as you may need. Chop them up, dice them, half them – whatever you want! I chose to just chop mine in halves, so they were more bite-sized.
Now, add in whatever you may want…this is time for your onions, cheese, or other veggies to be chopped up in a similar size and thrown into the mix. I did throw in a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top of my salad before I ate.
Next it is time for the dressing! I decided to pull out a bottle of Club House’s Original One Step Seasoning tonight instead of my go-to German style dressing. I’m glad I did! This herb mix is super easy to find in the Herb/Spices section of the grocery store. I checked the interior label of the seasoning to see if they had their own dressing recipe – which they did. But I ignored the advice of the good people at Club House and came up with my own, as follows:
- 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil (I use Extra Virgin – Light)
- 2 Tbsp of White Vinegar
- 1.5 tsp of Club House Original One Step Seasoning (as shown above)
- Sprinkle of Garlic Powder
- Sprinkle of Dill (optional – I love Dill in my salad)
Mix these ingredients together – and add anything else that you or your family love for seasoning. I let mine sit for a few minutes so the flavours could meld – and then mix up again before you dress the salad.
Alternatively, if you want something a little different on your salad, I would wholeheartedly suggest any of the dressings from Knorr Germany’s Salat Krönung line. Unfortunately these dressings can only be found at specialty grocers (well, in my neck of the woods anyway) so not everyone knows about them. If you are Canadian, and don’t live in a big urban centre where you may be able to find this product, check out Edelweiss Imports (out of Calgary, AB) that has an online store and will ship! You can check out their Knorr Salat Krönung offerings here. My favourites are Frühlingskräuter (spring herbs), Dill-Kräuter (dill herbs), and Gartenkräuter mit Knoblauch (garden herbs with garlic). There is a recipe for these dressings on the back of the package, but (once again) I’ve (or should I say, my Mom has) changed it up from the original. All you need to do is mix 3 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil with 3 Tbsp of lemon juice and the contents of a package. It makes a delicious tangy, flavourful dressing that is great with a tomato salad – or any salad you come up with.
I hope you will give this fantastic tomato salad a try sometime soon. It may not be much of a recipe per se, but it is wonderful in the fact that you can use anything that may be in the fridge or in the cupboard to make a great, tasty salad that is sure to be a hit! Play with the variety of tomato, add-ins, and the dressing and it can be a different experience every time.
Do you have a favourite salad add-in, or a dressing recipe that you want to share? Make sure to comment below, or drop me a line and let me know! I’m still working on lots of great post ideas for you all, so I hope you check back again soon.