Have you noticed the beautiful summer tomatoes? For those of us in the Northeast, there is nothing more exciting then eating a locally grown, vine-ripened, juicy, sweet tomato. Heirloom tomatoes, which are genetically unique and pollinated naturally, are irregular in shape, come in funky colors and are often hand-picked locally. The abundance of tomato varieties at the farmer’s market is spectacular.
I placed the cherry tomatoes on toothpicks, with fresh basil leaves and mozzarella cheese. With some extra-virgin olive oil, a hearty splash of balsamic vinegar, and a sprinkle of chunky sea salt, you have a great appetizer or snack. I added a scoop of fresh turkey salad to a large heirloom tomato and placed it on a bed of lettuce for an easy lunch. The season of perfectly ripe tomatoes is short, so enjoy it while it lasts!