Sunday, April 29, 2007

South Beach Recipes of the Week #30: Season Opener Tomatoes

In Salt Lake the weather is decidedly summery, and there's a lot more gardening than cooking going on right now at my house. Yesterday I fantasized about Sliced Tomato, Olive and Goat Cheese Salad and remembered how much I love the day you get your garden tilled. It's going to be lots more gardening today, including tomato plants actually going into the ground, so it will be a while before there are sliced, fresh tomatoes from the garden.

While we're waiting for those summery tomato delights, here are some recipes that will help you get tomatoes on the table a little sooner. You can increase the flavor of out-of-season tomatoes by cooking them slightly or marinating the tomatoes in a flavorful dressing as these great cooks have done. And all these recipes are low on the glycemic index, which makes them perfect for South Beach Recipes of the Week, where I spotlight fabulous-looking South Beach Diet friendly recipes I find on my favorite food blogs.

Photo by Ilva from Lucullian Delights

A very innovative use of tomatoes combined with the healthy grain of Quinoa from Ilva at Lucullian Delights, who I think is always creative in both her cooking and photographs. Quinoa is also a gluten-free food, and this Tomato Salad with Quinoa, Chiles, and Oregano Oil looks to me like a lovely healthy lunch!

Photo by S'Kat from S'Kat and the Food

I've long been a fan of slow-roasted tomatoes, and when my garden really starts producing them, I love make the type that roast all day. When I saw this recipe for quickly roasted tomatoes on S'Kat and the Food, I loved the step of searing the tomatoes before they were roasted. Now I have properly filed away Provencale Roasted Tomatoes in my cookbook so I can think of making these as a side dish when it's still spring and I'm craving tomatoes.

Photo by Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen

Tomatoes are popular all over the world, and from Brazil comes this great recipe for Roasted Tomato Salad by Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen. I liked everything about the sound of this, especially the use of capers and olives with the roasted tomatoes. Don't you agree it looks delicious, another definite keeper of a recipe.

Photo by Nandita of Saffron Trail

Summer comes much sooner in Bombay than it does in Salt Lake, and Nandita from Saffron Trail is seeking relief from the heat with light summer foods. This Herby Tomato Salad with Pine Nuts and Cheese looks like just the type of thing I love to eat when it's summer, and if you marinate the tomatoes in the herbs and olive oil as Nandita has done, you could probably make this taste great even if all you have are tomatoes from Costco. By the way, I was quite intrigued that over in India Nandita is using Laughing Cow cheese, recommended in the South Beach Diet book, and one of my favorite low-fat cheeses.

Photo by Alysha of The Savory Notebook

Finally, I had to include this recipe by Alysha of The Savory Notebook which shows one of my very favorite ways to eat tomatoes, and a combination I eat all summer long. Not quite a Greek Salad, but with all the same flavor elements, this recipe for Cucumber, Tomato, and Feta Salad is perfect for South Beach dieters or other tomato lovers everywhere.
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  1. The big tray of tomatoes from Sam's is calling out to be used, last night it was roasted tomatoes and pasta. You've just given me great ideas for tonight.

  2. A fresh from the garden summer tomato is one of life's best simple pleasures. Thanks for sharing these delicious recipes that are great any time.

  3. nzpwfxfgtvI got some lovely little tomatoes, very sweet from the market... that and the unusual high temperatures make it like summer to the max.

  4. Kalyn, I'm so glad you like the recipe!
    I love tomatoes and my mom and I used to eat them raw with just a pinch of salt, watching TV. So delicious!

  5. Blogging is making me hungry all the time! I cannot resist tomatoes.

  6. Kalyn dear,
    thanks for that mention and my tomatoes do feel quite happy in the midst of fellow tomato salads...nice round up! We are literally baking in the heat here and the oven has become a temporary storage of sorts, a small pantry kinda!
    Hope you are in a better weather.

  7. I'm so glad everyone likes all the tomato recipes. Honestly now, could there be a bad recipe using fresh tomatoes? Probably not, but I thought these were all outstanding.


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