Saying good-bye to summer ~ Tomato basil salad

Even in Greece, when September comes, there is a feeling of change. A distinct knowledge that something wonderful is about to end. Like that last sip of a good wine in your glass. I was at the market the other day and I bought a three foot tall basil plant. Yes three feet of flavour for a whole five euros (7 dollars)! Have you ever wondered where the word basil comes from? Like me, you probably think who cares about the name, it’s the taste that matters. Believe it or not basil is a Greek word (those of you who know about the Greek language know that “everything comes from the Greek”) βασιλικός which is the same word as the adjective “kingly”. Cool huh? When you combine the “king’s” herb with sun ripened tomatoes and a traditional mozzarella (real stuff stored in water), you have a simple amazing salad.

What you need:

  • Sun ripened tomatoes ~ 3 or 4 depending on the size
  • Fresh basil ~ one good handful ripped up
  • Traditional mozzarella ~ about a 100g or so
  • Sweet red pepper ~ optional
  • Olive oil ~ a drizzle of the best you can afford
  • Salt and Pepper ~ to taste (I used a sea salt flavored with rosemary and garlic)

How it’s done:

  1. Cut up your tomatoes
  2. Rip up your basil leaves
  3. Cut up your pepper into thin slivers
  4. Rip up your mozza
  5. Combine in a serving bowl add your oil, salt and pepper and there you have it

Here’s to those last long days of summer,

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