Big, red beefsteak tomatoes, oblong juicy grape tomatoes, sturdy romas and ugly heirlooms – we’ve had them all. We had the most delicious yellow tomatoes from a friend’s garden. Mild-flavored and juicy, with a bit of salt, oil and basil they were perfect. I thought for a moment that these would be our favorite tomatoes of the summer.
But then we saw these eye-catching little cherry tomatoes in a variety of summer colors at the Minneapolis farmers market, and all bets were off. “They are too pretty to eat,” stated the woman next to us.
The mixed-variety basket was fun to photograph – red, yellow, black, orange and green cherry tomatoes, and yellow, red and orange pear tomatoes.
We added little ciliegine di mozzarella (small, bite-sized mozzarella), basil, salt, and ground black pepper. Dressed in olive oil, it became a quintessential summer salad. And to the woman at the farmers market – we had no problem at all eating it.
2 pints mixed variety cherry tomatoes
2 eight-ounce containers of ciliegine di mozzarella
1 bunch basil
Ground black pepper
Wash the tomatoes. Quarter or halve the larger size tomatoes and place them into a salad bowl. Toss the small ones in whole. Drain the water from the ciliegine di mozzarella, halve them, and add them to the tomatoes. Wash the basil and using kitchen shears, snip into pieces over the tomatoes and mozzarella. Salt and pepper to taste, and drizzle olive oil liberally over the salad. Allow to sit 15 minutes at room temperature. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the juices.