I think I am getting into my tomato kick. All summer long I am a compulsive tomato buyer. I can't pass a farmers market without stopping to admire the tomatoes and I even grow them. I have to dream up new ways to serve them just to use what I end up having on hand!
But it isn't quite time for local tomatoes so I am forced to buy tomatoes from the store that just aren't the same! They barely qualify as tomatoes.
As long as I am dreaming about tomatoes I can't get yet, you is my favorite (cheap!!) summer salad:
1 cucumber seeded and diced
3 medium tomatoes seeded and diced
1/4 cup greek olives, sliced
1 small shallot diced (red onion is ok)
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 pound bow tie pasta (or your favorite)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove of garlic
salt and pepper to taste, but be a little generous with the salt for the pasta
Cook the pasta the way you like it, rinse it in cold water to bring down the temperature. Once it is cool, toss the pasta with the cucumber, tomatoes, olives, shallot and feta cheese.
In a separate bowl, add the oil, vinegar, pressed garlic and wisk until creamy looking. Add salt and pepper. I think it usually is around 1/2 tsp of salt to the vinaigrette and maybe 1/8 tsp pepper.
Add the vinaigrette to the pasta mixture and stir. It is best to let it rest for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator, if you can wait that long.
It is also good if you have fresh thyme or a little rosemary to add, but I wouldn't run to the store for that, just if you have it in your yard or left from something else.