I had a pretty good garden crop this year, especially the tomatoes. A bumper crop of the luscious round globes had me eating them in a variety of ways, especially with the extended summer heat of September. The thought of having to prepare and cook a hot meal on days where the mercury climbed above 30C had me melting into a puddle. Salads became a staple for lunches and dinners.
A favourite is this super simple and super tasty tomato and avocado salad. With so few ingredients, you are done in a snap!
4 Garden Fresh Tomatoes (for a prettier plate, use multi-coloured tomatoes like Golden Queen and Heirloom varieties)
2 ripe Haas Avocados
1/4 cup diced Red or Sweet Onion
6 fresh sprigs of Cilantro
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Juice of 2 Limes
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a small bowl, whisk olive oil with the fresh lime juice and set aside.
Slice tomatoes and arrange on 2 plates. Peel, pit and slice avocados and arrange over the tomatoes. Sprinkle onion over tomatoes and avocados. Drizzle with the olive oil and lime dressing and top with fresh cilantro leaves. That’s it! You are done! To make this into a satisfying and healthy dinner salad, just add some grilled chicken or salmon along with a nice crusty loaf of whole grain bread.
Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.