Sometimes, you just don’t have the time -- or inclination -- to create something extravagant. Fortunately, this time of year is perfect for understated cooking. The fresh produce speaks for itself.
Two notes: make this salad shortly before serving (perhaps 20 minutes) and don’t refrigerate the tomatoes; doing so saps their flavor.
Simple Tomato Basil Salad
5 to 6 ripe tomatoes, chopped
10 large basil leaves, cut in a chiffonade
¼ red onion, diced
Balsamic vinaigrette (homemade or Newman’s Own)
Salt and Pepper
Combine the tomatoes, basil, and onions in a medium bowl, mixing to combine. Toss with just enough vinaigrette to flavor – but not overwhelm – the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with whole basil leaves. Serves 4-6.