Several years ago while planning my son’s wedding Sheena, his bride, my daughter Jaime, and I found ourselves wandering the aisles of our local craft store that specialized in wedding decor. As we wandered the aisles we oohed and aahed over the supplies picking out what we liked and wondering how we could use them to make centerpieces for the reception. Unbeknownst to us our crazy conversation was overheard by one of the floral designers. He approached us ready to give advice. He pointed out that we needed to consider not only the cost but the time it would take to put together the elaborate centerpieces we were imagining. When he found out we needed over 20 centerpieces he told us it would take forever and cost a small fortune if we included all the supplies he heard us mention. I mean we wanted ribbons, marbles, ferns, fresh flowers, in short all the bells and whistles. The best advice we got that day was KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid!
So what does this have to do with food? A lot! These days we’re bombarded with new culinary trends daily. That new sauce, new kitchen gadgets, exotic ingredients, and more; all of course designed to somehow make our lives better or easier, and our taste buds tingle. Well all that is all good and well, but sometimes we yearn for something simple and basic. And what can be more simple than a tomato salad?
This tomato salad is a no brainer. It requires 2 ingredients, 3 if you count the garnish. You don’t need fancy gadgets or fussy dressings. It’s simple, fresh, healthy, and absolutely delicious! Tomato Salad is perfect for those vine ripened summer tomatoes and those greenhouse tomatoes we find in the winter.
It’s a great starter with any meal or as a light lunch. Did I mention it takes less than 5 minutes to throw together? Perfect!
2 Ripe Tomatoes make sure they’re ripe but firm. You don’t want mushy overripe ones.
Blue Cheese Dressing and/or crumbled blue cheese
Fresh Parsley finely minced
Wash tomatoes and pat dry with a paper towel
Slice tomatoes into rounds crosswise
Arrange slices on to serving plate
Pour blue cheese dressing over tomato slices and/or crumble blue cheese over them
Sprinkle parsley over the blue cheese
You can make this in advance and store in the fridge until ready to serve