Happy Fall E-Trenders! It sure has been a crazy summer! Between babies, beach house renovations and busy careers we could hardly catch our breath! We look forward to the change in season and wanted to savor the Indian summer with one last farmers' market post by E-Trender contributor Karyn (Sue's sister).
“If it grows together it goes together” was a quote I heard many years ago that still intrigues me to this day. It is a concept that I have kept with me, tucked deep in a corner of my mind, that every once in a while, emerges and inspires. During those blessed moments of insight, I sometimes uncover something truly remarkable.
I had told my sister Sue of this quote while I was making the salad featured in today’s post. She had asked me to write about it, so here is the story behind this odd yet memorable salad.
A few years ago, my in-laws and I had just returned to their home from a u-pick adventure. We were in my father-in-law’s garden, and although they lived in the heart of a city, his garden was amazing, a paradise in the midst of urbania. His garden was plump with tomatoes – ranging from petite grape tomatoes to heavy beefsteaks, and on this particular day, inspiration hit me. Imagine, I thought, if we paired those juicy freestone beauties with sun-drenched, garden fresh tomatoes…could that work? Sweet and savory? It was, after all the beginning of fall, when both peaches and tomatoes are plentiful, so why not? “If it grows together, it goes together’ I remembered!
Searching my father-in-law’s garden for other possible ingredients to add, I ultimately developed this recipe.
Take the same amount and size peaches and tomatoes – both must be as farm fresh as possible. Rough chop them all (no need to de-skin anything). Add a tablespoon or two of finely minced red onion and a few torn leaves of fresh basil. Add a pinch of salt and a swirl of EVOO, and there you have an amazing combination that is both surprising and familiar.
This recipe is forgiving…if you are not growing basil this year, try fresh mint, or how about fresh oregano? I think chives would be awesome. Don’t have beefsteaks? Why not try romas or cherry tomatoes? The point is to look around your garden or the farmers' market…what is growing together? Chances are they will pair well.
Remember, ‘If it grows together, it goes together.’
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