tomatoes all dressed up for summer July 6, 2015

tomatoes from the garden

the summer garden is in full swing and our tomato plants are bountiful beyond my wildest dreams. it’s an embarrassment of riches that I take a lot of joy in photographing and likely oversharing on Instagram. i can’t help it – country life agrees with me and has turned my beige thumb a shade of bright green…at least where these beauties are concerned.

there’ve been so many around that we’ve entered the “how ELSE can we eat these things?!” stage. i’ve canned some tomato jam, there have been endless tomato and cucumber salads, they’ve made a wicked raw pasta sauce. as i often do when looking for recipe inspiration, i turned to canal house for some fresh ideas – they’re masters at simply preparing ingredients. in their books and on their blog, i’ve come across numerous types of things being “buttered”…which really means lightly shmeared with some good mayo. these “dressed up” tomatoes are my new favorite way of eating our super ripe tomatoes – just a bit of mayo, salt and pepper with some fresh chives sprinkled on top. the mayo mixes with the tomato juices and makes this lovely dressing. i highly recommend having a piece of toasty bread nearby for catching the juices as you get to the bottom of this plate.

tomatoes all dressed up for summer

Tomatoes All Dressed Up For Summer – recipe from The Canal House Cooks Lunch

  • 4-6 ripe tomatoes, depending on their size – cored and sliced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • a drizzle of great quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Small handful fresh chives, chopped

–¬†“Butter” the tomato slices with the mayonnaise and arrange them on a serving platter. Drizzle the tomatoes with the oil, season with salt and pepper, and scatter the fresh herbs on top.¬†Serve immediately. Crusty bread off to the side optional but encouraged.


Lynn Jul 7, 2015 03:07 pm

I will definitely try that tomato salad. So I see on instagram you’re living in Madison now? One of my favorite places in the world – I mostly just go to the December tour of homes though.