My papa is having a bumper crop of tomatoes this year. And I was so very happy to have a special delivery of cherry, grape and early girl tomatoes. But they needed to be used soon.
A fresh tomato salad is surprisingly (or not) a side dish that most of my kiddos love! It's so simple and so fast to make! Even the ones that aren't huge tomato fans like it! And really? Does it get better than my kiddos chowing down on tomatoes? Yes, it does because it's easy and fast for super-busy me to make, and cheap too when tomatoes are on sale! The trifecta of mommy food prep!
Honestly I need something healthy to balance out the chili dogs that I served for dinner last night.
Both Jude and Sunny love tomatoes and eat them like candy! I love that.
|The orange fingernail polish? |
Goodness how does she continue to get cuter?
Encourage Mimi to eat a couple little grape tomatoes. And it's not like she doesn't like them, but she's not a huge fan of tomatoes... yet.
...I'm far too cheap to buy the fresh stuff at the store.
...I'm also far too lazy too drive to the store when I need some.
...dried basil just doesn't hack it in most instances
...it's an easy plant to grow in a pot, and the littles just love to grow anything!
...I use it all the time.
Then I add some coarsely chopped up some basil.
|Yes, that is Mimi sitting on the counter with her shoes on right next to where I'm preparing food. We subscribe to the theory that extra germs help build our immunity system. Still keeping her close, and it's often where she prefers to be at this busy time of day.|
Drizzle on some EVOO and balsamic vinegar.
If I had some mozzarella lying around, I would chop it up and add it too. But honestly, my food budget is super tight, and it doesn't have to be in there to make the salad super yummy.
Mimi, who would only eat 2 grape tomatoes when I was preparing the salad, ate 3 servings at dinner, and there wasn't even a single bite left in the serving bowl by the time dinner was done.
Score one for the crazy mama!