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Tomato, tomato (delicious no matter how you say it)

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Dear Summer, thank you for bringing us so much fabulous produce! We are grateful for your bounty this time of year. All the incredible fresh fruits and vegetables. Especially the tomatoes. Technically it is the fruit of the tomato plant but often used as a vegetable in cooking. Despite the confusion, we can all agree that tomatoes are healthy and delicious.

 

And that picture above? Can you think of anything more beautiful than a platter of heirloom tomatoes?

 

One of our most popular event appetizers this time of year features candy-sweet cherry tomatoes. A mini caprese salad on a stick, these skewers are attractive and crowd-pleasing. No recipe needed, just head to your local grocery store and pick up the following: bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), fresh basil and cherry tomatoes. The only “dressing” you need is a drizzle of olive oil with salt and pepper. Instant party hit!

 

Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers

 

Speaking of simple, this is a nice cool side for these hot summer nights. Inspired by a traditional Moroccan salad, you will enjoy explosive flavor in this quick dish.

 

Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint
Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint

Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint

  By Beth Sogaard  ,

July 14, 2017

This traditional Moroccan side dish is a very easy and refreshing accompaniment to any meal. Bright, fresh, summer flavor in a bowl.

  • Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients

1 english cucumber, chopped

2 ripe tomatoes, chopped

2 green onions, chopped

1 tbsp fresh mint, minced

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp sesame oil

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

salt and pepper, to taste

mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions

11. Toss together the cucumber, tomato, onion, minced mint, olive oil, sesame oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

22. Serve with mint leaves to garnish if desired.

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AUTHOR - Beth Sogaard

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