Easy Chopped Tomato Salad

This is one of those recipes-that-isn’t-a-recipe posts. My family loves every single ingredient that goes into a salad but one … lettuce. There are a few bursts of lettuce love around here but, for the most part, if I can make a salad without lettuce, I do.

For this easy salad, I chopped up three large tomatoes and one beautiful scallion. I also diced up one slice of white onion – teeny tiny pieces so as not to alert the  senses of the little people – and had the kiddos grab fistfuls of basil leaves from the garden.

I tossed all of these ingredients together with a few shakes of coarse sea salt and a swirl (or two) of olive oil.

I love finding new cheese!

Just to be different, I added in chunks of a really yummy cheese I found while wandering around Reid’s Fine Foods the other day. My kids love it when I add in cheese to salad – although I love to make a traditional caprese salad using mozzarella, any cheese will do – crumbled goat cheese, feta, cheddar, you get the idea! My dad always put extra sharp New York cheddar cheese in our salads so I love looking for different cheeses to try. And, if the kids don’t love my experiment… all the more for me.

The local ingredient list: Tomatoes from Edgerton Farm, Scallion from Charlene’s Garden, Basil from our lovely backyard… Cheese from Ashe County Cheese. Delicious!


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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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