Friday, August 31, 2007

Summer Tomato Salads for How to Use Garden Tomatoes Week, Plus Blog Day!

Caprese Salad with ApricotsAll this week I'm sharing ideas for using tomatoes in a little celebration I'm calling How to Use Garden Tomatoes Week, and in a minute I'll talk about great salads made from tomatoes. But first, today is Blog Day, a once-a-year event when bloggers of every kind are urged to spotlight new blogs they've discovered. I thought about skipping it this year, since I'm smack in the middle of my tomato celebration, but I love the idea of this day, so I decided I'd just quickly tell you some newish blogs I think are great. In no particular order, six food blogs that have caught my fancy recently are Quick Indian Cooking, Talk of Tomatoes, Tinned Tomatoes, A Wee Bit of Cooking, Briciole, and A Thinking Stomach. (Yes, I know I was only supposed to pick five, but I couldn't decide!) All these blogs are charming and unique, and I hope you'll go visit them and leave a nice comment wishing them a happy blog day!

We're on Day Five of celebrating garden tomatoes, and so far we've had slow roasted tomatoes and three types of pasta sauce, but no tomato celebration would be complete without salads. Here are some wonderful summer tomato salads from the recipe archives, including the absolutely delicious Caprese Salad with Apricots above, created and photographed by the talented Rand, my food-loving brother. I'm pretty sure at least one of these salads will make you drool.
















So which one looks best to you out of all those tomato salads? I'd have a hard time choosing myself, although I've been loyal to Middle Eastern Tomato Salad for quite a few years now. Tomorrow I'll be sharing a new salad I made recently for a certain summer picnic that a lot of food bloggers are talking about, plus some other good salad recipes I've seen around the web, and then on Sunday we'll finish out tomato week with a recipe for something that's one of the all-time best tasting things I ever made from fresh tomatoes. When I first made this dish last year, I called it a life-changing experience. Any guesses about what that might be?

(You can see the whole collection of idea for using tomatoes at the first post for How to Use Garden Tomatoes Week.)
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19 comments:

  1. Kalyn, who could possibly choose a favorite from among all of these wonderful salads?! I do love the idea of the apricots, though, so that is one I will try this weekend.

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  2. Lovely ideas. It's way too hot this weekend to cook anything.

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  3. I love all of your salad ideas! I will have to check out your new favorite blogs!! Happy Blog Day:)

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  4. Kalyn, I didn't know there are a Blog Day, how wonderful!

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  5. Your blog is a great discovery! I'm enjoying it very much. Thanks.

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  6. Great salad ideas, and I wasn't aware of blog day til now. Thanks! :)

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  7. I'm drooling. I just can't help it. :)

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  8. Thank you so much Kalyn, for mentioning my blog for Blog Day: it is a great honor.
    Your post today is so amazing, I am speechless. It's a true feast for the eyes and the palate.

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  9. Happy Blog Day to you, Kalyn. I found your blog while searching for a recipe for Flat Iron steak. Your Chimichurri Sauce menitoned in that post sounds wonderful!

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  10. yummm! I'm getting tons of tomatoes at tomorrow's farmers market.

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  11. I am reading my way through the DB blogs and finding lots of new to me blogs. The salads look lovely.

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  12. The tomato, apricot and mozzarella looks so tasty and refreshing on a hot summer day like today!

    Thanks for the great ideas...we've got tomatoes coming out of our ears right now.

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  13. Whew, what a day. Today was the end of the first week of school, so all you parents or teachers can imagine what that's like. How fun that I've turned some of you on the idea of blog day,and I'm so glad people like the looks of all these favorite salads of mine.

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  14. you are killing me with your tomato posts. i lovelovelove tomatoes. and your recipes look so delicious!

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  15. What a gorgeous group of salads!

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  16. Thank you so much for including my site in your list for Blog Day. What an honor! I really appreciate it, especially coming from such a remarkable site as yours.

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  17. Christina and Simona, you're both so welcome for the mention. I'm just feeling guilty I haven't gotten around to e-mailing all the people I picked, but I guess that's not the main part of the event! (I'm such a rule breaker anyway!)

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  18. Thanks so much Kalyn! A very happy belated blog day to you. Your blog is a new discovery to me and I am loving the tomato salads.

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  19. Blushing tomatoes. Kalyn, you are too kind.

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