Italian Salsa

This is just a "top-it-yourself" bruschetta. You can flavor it to taste. We prefer more balsamic vinegar than olive oil, try equal parts at first, then adjust.

Italian Salsa
5-6 tomatoes, diced (we used a variety of heirloom tomatoes from Matt's Garden)
8-10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
pinch coarse salt
few turns of the pepper mill

Combine tomatoes, basil and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with a thinly sliced, toasted baguette.

Quick! Make this before the first frost gets your tomatoes!


Joanne said...

Bruschetta is what I imagine summer to taste like and I love it! This sounds so fresh-flavored.

e.brooke said...

What variety of heirloom tomato?

We save our heirloom seeds every year as well. You seem exceptionally fond of this tomato, so I thought I'd ask.

Great recipe!

Anonymous said...

Great idea for all those tomatoes sitting on my counter. Thanks!

Megan said...

my brother in law, Matt grows an incredible vegetable garden. starts everything from organic seeds. this year, we planted some of his seedlings (not nearly as many as I should have, so I supplement straight out of his garden).
In this salsa, we used green zebra, black krim, tigerella, purple cherokee...
we've also been enjoying matt's wild cherry and oaxacan pink.
my favorite this year have been the green zebra. sweet but a little tart.
what are your favorites?

Erin Gilbert said...

This really looks tasty. How much more balsamic vinegar do you use? I love it and would prefer more of it than the equal parts.

Zoe said...

love balsamic vinegar...will do what you did to add the extra tang in dressing...yum.

Megan said...

i started with the 1/4 cup oil 1/3 cup vinegar, but i sprinkled a bit more vinegar to taste.

johnnyrub said...

Megan since our ward hasn't signed up dinners for us, will you bring us a jar of this salsa when you bring us the baby dinner? I don't think Lindsey can handle to much more of my cooking.

Debra said...

Megan, your "Italian Salsa" and Bruschetta looks so delicious! I am definately going to make this yummy dish:)

Anonymous said...

my mom would really love this. i cant wait to make this for her soon. thank you for sharing this.

M+J said...

I made this for dinner tonight. Unfortunately, no garden fresh tomatoes, but they were really ripe and red. This recipe was scrumptious! My six year old ate my husband and me under the table! A total winner in my book. Thanks!