I love, love, LOVE tomatoes. Growing up, I looked forward to gorging myself on the tomatoes from my Mom’s garden every summer. I will full-on confess that I did not enjoy working in the garden, but man — did I love eating what it produced, especially those juicy, sweet tomatoes. One of my favorite summer dishes featuring sweet cherry tomatoes is this amazing salad from the Barefoot Contessa.
I regularly watch Ina, aka the Barefoot Contessa, on Food Network, although I’m not actually sure she is barefoot when she cooks. 🙂 FYI — I am. It’s one of my secret (well, not anymore) desires to be invited to her home in the Hampton’s. To stay in what I imagine would be a luxurious guest bedroom and cook in her gorgeous kitchen with her. Perhaps, we’d enjoy our lunch in her lush garden or cruise in her cute little convertible to enjoy lunch at the beach instead.
She would ask me, “How easy was that?” and I’d respond, “Super easy, Ina.”
And her tomato feta salad is super easy and super delicious. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty that I adore. It’s an ideal summer dish because it goes with everything from a humble burger or bratwurst to an elegant piece of fish, steak or chicken. With the 4th of July this weekend, I know everyone is looking forward to celebrating the holiday with good food, friends and family and lots of colorful fireworks. This salad will definitely win you rave reviews and possibly outshine those fireworks.