What’s the perfect salad on a hot summer day? My traditional Italian tomato salad with fresh tomatoes, sweet onions, the crunch from the celery and cucumber.
Growing up, we always had fresh tomatoes growing in a garden with homemade tomato salads, fresh sauce and tomatoes on everything…I miss those days. This is a traditional Italian tomato salad from the south of Italy, there is no vinegar or no capers for this salad, making it the perfect summer “go-to” salad!
I have been teaching cooking classes at the City of Calabasas and last month did a class on “Cooking the Costco Way”, in the class I made a traditional Tuscan style tomato salad, with capers, day old bread and tomatoes. This month City of Calabasas offered a class on “BBQ sides” so I thought “let me show them what I was raised on”.
A few things to keep in mind:
- If you have fresh tomatoes please use those as fresh tomatoes are always better than store bought
- While I will give you the ingredients, please modify based on how much you make (for example I may say 1 pound but you may have a little more or less than a pound)
- While this salad is very versatile, you can omit the cucumbers, I would keep the core of tomatoes, celery and onions
Unfortunately I do not have a garden so I had to buy my tomatoes, I used 1 pound
cut the tomatoes into bitesized pieces, do not keep them perfect and do not slice the tomatoes
add sliced onions, chopped celery and chopped cucumbers
season with salt, pepper and oregano (I used my freshly dried oregano)
toss the salad and let it sit for 10-15 minutes
serve with fresh warm bread on the side
The best part about this salad is the dressing, as the tomatoes sit they will release a lot of the juice, this will become your dressing and is perfect for that warm bread! This is the perfect meal for lunch or dinner and can even be served as a side dish!
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Thank you again ~ Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum