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
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 del.icio.us 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.