I was spoiled by fresh produce this summer, and have missed eating ripe tomatoes the most. I was at the grocery store the other day and noticed a box of campari tomatoes that claimed to be as sweet and ripe as what you get in the summer. I decided to give them a try.
I’m really impressed by then – while nothing will measure up to the tomatoes that come out of my friends’ gardens, they’re the best winter tomato that I’ve had. I also have an indoor basil plant that needed trimming back so I decided to treat myself to a summer-like salad today for lunch.
I just put on my plate:
- 5 campari tomatoes, quartered
- fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- 3 ciliegine fresh mozzarella balls (each is about the size of a cherry-tomato; I found it at whole foods)
Then I sprinkled this with:
- sea salt
- freshly-ground pepper
- aged balsamic vinegar
What a treat on the first day of winter!