Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Joey's Summer Tomato Salad

 Here's a quick and easy summer salad that goes great with any cookout menu. I came up with it just because I wanted something cool and fresh to go with all the heavier items that sometimes go at a picnic. Sometimes when you have burgers, or hot dogs, or potato salad, or baked want something lighter on the plate to balance everything out. And that's exactly what this salad does. It's light and fresh and the dressing kind of reminds you of the mixture to which you add spinach for spinach dip. Know what I mean? It kind of has that same sort of flavor and it goes GREAT with tomatoes and fresh basil! Yes, of course, you can add cucumbers or peppers or whatever you want, but I liked it just with the tomatoes and fresh basil. Give it a try!

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper

vine ripened tomatoes
fresh basil

Mix together the dressing ingredients. Cut the tomatoes in halves or in quarters. Chop the fresh basil. Give everything a quick toss together. Serve immediately.

I also like to use cherry or grape tomatoes. Even though they're small, I still like to cut them in half. The juice from the tomatoes adds to the dressing. Love it.
Make sure you don't mix it up too far in advance, otherwise the tomatoes might become too soggy. Best to toss it together and then serve it right away. Great then.

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