Local tomatoes are king this time of year so we try to use them in a variety of ways almost everyday during the season. Here’s a simple summer tomato salad recipe that makes the most of—and uses up—some of the tomato bounty from your garden or local farm market.
America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) discovered that salting the tomatoes before mixing them into the salad brings out their juices, which make a great base for the dressing. Another discovery was there’s no need to peel homegrown tomatoes for a tomato salad recipe, because their skins are usually thin and unobtrusive.
The amounts of the ingredients are subjective to your own preferences. If you prefer tuna packed in oil, go ahead and use it; in fact, save the drained oil from the tuna and use it instead of, or with, the remaining olive oil. No blanching or cooking needed here!
The olives, red onions and capers are boldly flavored Mediterranean standbys, typically a healthy diet to follow. It’s a great option to bring on a picnic or to enjoy lunch at your community pool.
While we are on the subject of great tomato recipes, I have to give a shout out to the Heirloom Tomato Tart (shown above) that I blogged about 4 years ago. If you are also interested in that recipe just click on the link. The tomato salad recipe is below.
Tomato Salad with Tuna, Capers, and Black Olives
- 1 1/2 lbs. vine-ripened tomatoes
- ½ tsp. table salt
- 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice from 1 lemon
- 3 Tbsp. capers, chopped
- 12 large black olives, such as Kalamata or other brine-cured variety, pitted and chopped
- ¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Ground black pepper
- 1 6-oz. can solid white tuna in water, or oil-packed if preferred
- Core and halve tomatoes, then cut each half into 1/2″ thick wedges. Toss wedges with salt in large bowl; let rest until small pool of liquid accumulates, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk oil, lemon juice, capers, olives, onion, parsley, and pepper to taste in small bowl. Pour mixture over tomatoes and accumulated liquid; toss to coat. Set aside to blend flavors, about 5 minutes.
- Crumble tuna over tomatoes; toss to combine. Adjust seasonings and serve immediately.