Monday, September 14, 2009

Salad Bar

Heirloom tomatoes are crowding the farmers market still, which doesn't hurt my feelings one bit. John's dad, who was here visiting this weekend, joined us at the farmers market yesterday and got the hankering for a tomato and mozzarella salad to accompany the filets we had just bought. I went to one of our favorite farm stands and asked which one of their heirloom tomatoes was the sweetest. They pointed us toward the orange ones, which in my experience seem to be the sweetest in cherry tomato form too, so perhaps orange is always the sweetest? (Any insight on this, guys?) There are a couple of places that sell cheese in our farmers market, but none seemed to carry mozzarella. Instead we picked up what the cheese mongers said was the goat cheese equivalent to mozzarella - queijo fresco. It was a slightly more delicate and more flavorful version of mozzarella, and everyone seemed to love it in caprese-style salads. I left the kosher salt, ground pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar on the table for everyone to dress their salads themselves. Sometimes simple food is the best, isn't it?

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