all manner of things August 18, 2014

tomato salad with thai vinaigrette

Hi friends! It’s a blog post – and a recipe (a ridiculously simple one)!

Nearly 8 months since my last post. We’ll get into where in the sam hill I’ve been all this time in another more long-winded post. For right now, it’s August and I need to talk about tomatoes.

Southern writer Lewis Grizzard once said “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” I can’t disagree. This is the first summer I’ve been able to have a garden bed for tomatoes – in the past, our patio containers were just squirrel bait and we never got to eat a single one. Now, we’ve got this wonderful tangle of plants that’s flourishing with only the occasional bunny nibble on some of the lower fruit. We’ll have tomatoes for weeks still and I’m not complaining.

Our garden abundance has meant all manner of tomato salads. I’ve thrown some peaches in with slivers of red onion and fresh basil. We’ve tossed them together with cubes of avocado for a salsa fresca type thing. Today, I went out on a limb and tried the current haul bathed in a Thai-inspired vinaigrette…and it was spectacular. The heat from the chili oil and the freshness of the mint and lime juice just worked with the ripe tomatoes. It’s also really versatile – you could add some chopped peanuts or frizzled shallots as well as any other fresh herbs (cilantro!) you might have on hand.

Tomato Salad with Thai Vinaigrette Рserves 2 as an ample side dish or salad 

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fish sauce – Three Crabs brand is my personal fave. if you want to keep this veggie/vegan, omit the fish sauce and season to taste with kosher salt.
  • 1/2 tsp. chili oil
  • juice of 1 small lime
  • 3 cups heirloom tomatoes – use whichever you like best. i like using different colors and sizes for the visual of this salad.¬†
  • 2 tbsp. fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil
  • fresh ground black pepper

– in a small bowl or a jar with a lid, combine the vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, chili oil and lime juice. whisk together or shake together to emulsify. this is more dressing than you’ll need for the salad – you’ll want to have this around for last minute cold noodles and the like.

– in a salad bowl, toss the tomatoes together with some of the dressing (use as much or as little as you’d like). sprinkle over the fresh herbs and give everything a healthy crack of black pepper. serve immediately.


Rebecca Aug 18, 2014 07:08 pm

I am TOTALLY going to try this. We have tomatoes coming out of our ears from our garden. I think I’ve had tomato salads for lunch every day this month. Not to mention ratatouille, and marinara sauce galore for dinner. I’m excited to throw an Asian twist in to break up he monotony. :)

Lynn Aug 19, 2014 05:08 am

Well Tami – there you are. I look forward to the “long-winded post” and learning what you have been up to. :) In the meantime – thank for the salivation worthy photo there. I hadn’t thought of using lime juice on fresh tomatoes. Hmm…

Lana@NeverEnoughThyme Aug 19, 2014 09:08 am

So happy to see you posting again! What better way to reemerge than with this lovely tomato salad. Just delicious.

Monica Aug 19, 2014 07:08 pm

Beautiful, beautiful photo. I licked my screen it looked so good. Welcome back.

Rivki Locker Aug 19, 2014 09:08 pm

What a lovely recipe. I wouldn’t have thought to combine mint and basil with the tomatoes. I’ve done one or the other but not both. Bookmarking this to try while we still have local tomatoes!

Caryn Oxford Aug 19, 2014 09:08 pm

Funny, I was just reading your blog on Sunday and wondered “where in the sam hill has she been” and I wish she would get back to blogging her beautiful food and stories!!!

Laura Aug 19, 2014 11:08 pm

Welcome back!!! I’ve missed your posts. The salad looks fantastic :)

SeaSea Aug 21, 2014 10:08 pm

This is why the internet was invented. Thank you. Been following your blog for about 6 years?

In Sanskrit ‘Anna’ means food and ‘purna’ means complete; together the term Annapurna signifies nourishing with food to the fullest. The Devi Annapurna is the goddess of food and harvest and is believed to be the one who fills the stomachs of the hungry with her noble powers. In Hindu belief she is the one endowed with the powers to supply food in a limitless form. She is the divine symbol of nourish and care she provides to her children. In common parlance at Hindu households if people waste food, it is said that they in turn make Annapurna Devi angry.

joey @ 80 breakfasts Sep 7, 2014 04:09 am

Gorgeous tomatoes!! You are so lucky to be able to grow your own!

Allyson Sep 26, 2014 09:09 pm

Love everything about this! Lovely photo ;)

Simon Hedin Oct 8, 2014 01:10 pm

Home grown tomatoes are amazing. I had the pleasure of testing a salsa made of home grown Maltese tomatoes this summer, and it gave me a new perspective!

Glad to see you are back blogging!