Simple Summer Salad

I am a purist in many ways. No ketchup on hot dogs, no soy sauce on sushi and no horseradish on my gefilte fish. The way I see it is: I like it eat what tastes good, so I want to taste what I’m eating. I realize that a good dipping sauce or spread can enhance the natural flavors of a food, but generally, I like to keep it simple. I find this is especially true when ingredients are seasonal and fresh. When you mess with perfection, you just end up with a mess.

That’s where the inspiration came for this salad recipe… if you can even call it a recipe. The sweet, ripeness of the tomato mixed with the crunch of the red onion is nicely satisfying. I also liked the sweet tang that the balsamic brings as well.

Are there any other purists out there? What are some other summer foods (or any foods!) that you can’t bear to mess with?

Summer Tomato Salad


2 large ripe tomatoes, cut in small wedges
1/2 red onion, cut in small wedges and separated
1 Tbs. Extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. Balsamic vinegar


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to distribute dressing.

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  • Liz

    I’ve heard from purists (and learned myself) that a good steak DOES NOT NEED SAUCE. EVER. I was skeptical, my first time eating steak in years, so even though I cooked it “properly” and everything I still mixed myself up some horseradish sauce. Nope, I didn’t need it. It was delicious all by itself.

  • Sarah B.

    You salad sounds great! I make something simular but I add cucumbers, fresh mozz and fresh chopped basil.

  • Dee

    You are so very right when you say that good foods do not need “cover-ups”. Creme brulee doesn’t need fruit, breaded pork chops do not need gravy, homemade applesauce doesn’t need anything, not even water, a good chicken doesn’t need anything on it. Artichokes, asparagus, avacado don’t need anything, except, maybe, a splash of lemon. In the middle ages, they covered up the taste of foods because they couldn’t well preserve food, so much of it had really gone bad, rancid, rotting.

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