Saturday, June 6, 2015

Summer is for Tomato Basil Salad

There is nothing better then a fresh cool salad in the summer.

This one is easy and quick and so good.

I'm calling it tomato basil since I used fresh basil from my garden of herbs.

To start,
I gathered my ingredients.
Fresh, Roma tomatoes about 2 or more depending on how many you have for dinner.
One cucumber, again this can be adjusted to your need.
Fresh baby Bella mushrooms and one green pepper.
Fresh basil shredded with my kitchen scissors 
and last, mozzarella cheese, shredded or cut into squares if you have a block of cheese.
I use fresh cheese when I can.

Pine nuts is also a very good addition added to the mix.


The dressing is one of my favorites called Super Fruits Balsamic Vinaigrette by, Walden Farms.
It is perfect for anyone eating gluten free and has no calories, fat, sugar or preservatives.
It taste great too. 
You know these calorie free dressing are not worth it if they taste bad, but I can say, this one is great.


Add a few sprigs of fresh basil after chopping and adding the peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and cucumbers.

Shredding with my kitchen scissors and toss through.


Once mixed, I place all in this pretty old Pyrex glass bowl.


At this point, you can mix the dressing throughout and toss
 or let each one add their own dressing.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese and enjoy!


So good when served with grilled Bratwurst or any main dish meat, pasta or rice.
It's a nice meal when the days are so hot you don't feel like eating much!!


I added a slice of gluten free bread baked from a mix by King Arthur brand.
It was easy, quick and very good toasted.


My little basil tip.
 When I pick fresh basil for cooking.
I cut a few stems and wash leaving the stems in place while in the fridge.
Shake off the moisture leaving a bit in place to store in a sandwich bag with a bit of the zip lock open for air flow. 
It lasts a few days and ready to use when needed.

Hope you might try this easy and quick summer salad.


Bon Appetit

See you next time~
Have a great weekend.
Be Blessed
Celestina Marie

28 comments:

Anna said...

Yummy !!!
Have a delicious weekend !
Anna

Valerie-Jael said...

Ah, looks so good. And now you have made me hungry again! I need to go in the kitchen and look for some food! Hugs, Valerie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

There is NO other herb that says, "SUMMER" for me than basil. The fun has only begun my friend! Bon app├ętit! Anita

Mildred said...

Good Morning, Celeste, Your salad looks so tasty served in the Pyrex bowl. John and I both would love this recipe. Enjoy your Saturday.

Marcia Pilar said...

Yum. I can taste Italy. Do save me some, per favore. :)
Buon appetito!!
xoxo

Donna said...

Your salad looks so good and refreshing,Celestina! I can almost smell the basil from here! Love your idea of adding the pinenuts. I will have to try that for sure:)

My little ✂ cottage said...

sees out delicous!

TexWisGirl said...

i wish i liked raw tomatoes. :)

Art and Sand said...

I pinned this recipe. It looks like a great salad to pair with anything Steve is grilling.

Debbi said...

yummy fresh salad! I will have to try this when my basil is ready to pick. Thanks for sharing Celeste :)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Celeste,
Oh how Summer just goes with refreshing salads! Your recipe sounds so yummy and refreshing. I have to watch my Max >^..^< because the smell of Basil is intoxicating to him, he will nibble those leaves so gently as he sneaks them from me. Too funny.
Personally I love basil and I thank you for providing your recipe. Enjoy your weekend sweet friend. Your photos are making me hungry!
xoxo,
Vera

Alessandra said...

It looks so yummy! I love salads and yours sounds delicious and so refreshing. It' s perfect for these hot days in Italy
Hugs
Alessandra

Kathy said...

I love summer salads with fresh basil. My favorite is the caprese and this time of year I like a salad made from fresh peach slices, tomatoes, julienned basil and thin slivers of red onion topped with a good quality olive oil. Unfortunately my basil is not doing so well thus far, probably because of all the cooler weather and rain we've had here in Texas and that's disheartening because the local tomatoes are coming on the market and they're absolutely to die for! Have a great weekend.

La Petite Gallery said...

Love basil on everything. Trying to grow it, hope I can. Did you see the
Triple Crown yesterday? Best race ever. yvonne

Sola Scriptura said...

This looks like an ideal summer meal. Thank you for the recipe, I'll have to make this up soon. I hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Linda M. said...

Celeste,
YUM! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Debbie said...

This looks and sounds delicious! Nice for a summer meal...especially with a grilled meat.
thank you for sharing Celestina.
Have a glorious Sunday!
Debbie
xo

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

The perfect summer meal!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Celeste,
I so agree with you, when you mentioned that when we just don't feel like eating much, in these Summer months. The heat and humidity just zap a person and who feels like being in the kitchen. I really want light, airy and refreshing! I think Marcia is spot on too-Italy!
Have a lovely evening,
Jemma

chateau chic said...

This looks so good! I love summertime salads when our meals are lighter and made with the fresh fruits and vegetables of summer.
Mary Alice

Annette said...

That's a perfect summer salad! Hope you have a blessed week!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

This salad really looks good. I am always watching my carbs and the Waldon Dressing are always so good for that. I will have to try this. Have lots of fresh basil in the garden.
Have a great week,my friend.
Mary
Its going to be 90 here today. Oh my

Red Rose Alley said...

This tomato basil salad looks scrumptious, Celestina. The girls love to make salads during the hot summer months. This one looks healthy and very good. My husband is growing a little basil in his garden right now. :~)

~Sheri

Createology said...

Cool salads are always very welcome in the hot lazy days of Summer. Thank you for sharing your recipe and Basil tips. June JOY...

Jill said...

That looks so delicious I want to run right out and get the ingredients. I do have the fresh basil from my garden as well ;-) So I'm off to a good start. Thanks for sharing, always like a great salad on a warm summer day!

Blessings
Jill

Jillayne said...

Your salad looks wonderful - the perfect summertime food. It has been very hot here, and dry - sapping all the energy, and we are only in the beginning of June. I was just wondering what sort of foods to make in this hot weather and your salad is the perfect answer!

Creations By Cindy said...

YUMMY~ Wish I had that plate of food right now! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Angela ~ Call Her Blessed said...

Thanks for the tip on storing basil. I just picked off several leaves a few days ago & can't wait to use them. My plant is doing great!

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..