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Monday, September 26, 2011

I love eating tomatoes fresh from the garden.

Here are TWO of my favorite ways to eat tomatoes...

TOMATO SALAD

Ingredients:

Tomatoes
Red Onion
Mozzarella Cheese
Italian Salad Dressing

I know these tomatoes don't look too pretty,
but trust me, they're delicious!

Cut up your tomatoes into chunks.
Cut the cheese into chunks.
Slice the red onion (add as much or as little as you like)...



Put the tomatoes, cheese and red onion in a bowl.
Add salt and pepper.
Add the Italian Salad Dressing.
I use Good Seasons because, well, it's THE BEST...




Mix everything together and place in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Serve as a side dish to any great meal.

DELICIOUS!

I always try to make enough so we can enjoy this salad for a few days.
Trust me, it stays fabulous in the refrigerator, even getting better.

But what if you have leftovers?

Here's what I do...

Focaccia

You can use either store bought pizza dough or homemade pizza dough.
It's so easy and inexpensive to make.

Take a loaf of pizza dough.
Here's my homemade pizza dough after the first rise...


Spread it out into a pan.
Prick the dough with a fork and set aside to rise again, maybe 30 minutes...


Take your "leftover" tomato salad and spread it evenly over the dough.
Try not to use too much of the juices...



Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese...



Bake in a hot oven, 425 degrees until the crust is golden brown 
and your house smells like heaven...


Doesn't that look good?
Don't you want to take a bite?


I made this last week as a "side dish" with some grilled chicken
and a tossed salad.

The Colonel could not get enough.

Let me know if you try the tomato salad and if you do,
you MUST make a focaccia with the leftovers!

22 comments :

  1. Morning Lois,
    That salad sounds wonderful, never thought of that, so simple~
    My fav way to eat tomatoes....
    cut them up in a bowl add some salt and pepper, eat with bread and butter and a glass of Milk. Um Hummm!

    and that foccaccia bread looks to die for..........my hubby would like that for sure, but I am not too good with dough to tell you the truth. I might just have to give that a try sometime.

    Hope you are doing well hon,
    Take Care,
    Blessings, Nellie

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  2. Nellie, you don't have to make the dough yourself. You can buy pizza dough in the supermarket or go to your favorite pizza shop and ask to purchase a loaf uncooked. It's very easy!

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  3. Thanks for that info Lois, I was thinking about that after I showed hubby your blog post with that focaccia bread and he really liked the looks of it. I was thinking wonder if Papa Johns would make me just a pizza crust to put the stuff on...............???
    Never hurts to ask???

    Have a great day hon and Thanks again
    for the great recipes.
    Love ya, Nellie

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  5. We love fresh tomatoes from the garden and this recipe sounds delish. We will have to try it this week. Our church connection group would love this too.

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  6. Hi there, Oh girl you are making me hungry!!! Both dishes look so yummy-I often do the tomato salad and love it. Eating raw purple onions is really good for your health too. I'm going to try both of these; thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  7. Oh my that looks sooo good! Yum!!

    Hugs,
    Tami

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  8. As usual, another winner. Looks awesome. I love tomatoes, but haven't been able to tolerate them since the operation. Hope it's a phase because I want to try making this!

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  9. Thank you, dear Lois, for those wonderful recipes/ideas!! I enjoy my tomatoes in a way very similar to your salad recipe.. but I like the sound of yours better (Good Seasons!). I love it that you have printable recipes!! Woot! Fancy! :) have a wonderful remainder to your week. -Tammy

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  10. Oh girlfriend...every time I read your blog I think "we have so much in common".....and then there was a post on tomatoes! I just don't understand how anyone LOVES (or even stomachs) a tomatoe?!? :)

    I am glad you had someone who would share with you, though!

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  11. Hi Lois,
    I found you from Carrie's Farming on Faith blog! She's so sweet!
    I think you have a Lovely Sunshiney world! I can't wait to come back and visit again. The tomato salad and foccaccia looks awesome! So glad I stopped by!
    Wonderful to meet you and your sweet family....
    Blessings,
    Tanya

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  12. My mouth is watering and I just got home from a banquet! lol
    They both look so good and yummy!
    Thanks for your sweet comments you left on my blog!
    Hugs!

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  13. Hi Lois, I love any kind of a tomatoe dish. They taste so good and are good for you. I'm glad to hear your hubby is closer to home. I hope you had a nice summer and will have a great fall. Thanks for stoping by. charli is sending woofs your way :>)

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  14. Loved the salad, and the pizza! :)

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  15. This tomato salad looks amazing! Wish I had found it while my garden was churning out tomatoes by the pound! I can't wait to try it.

    Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower and look forward to more great recipes. ~ Ellen

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  16. New follower. Really enjoying your blog. This recipe is amazing. So fresh and gorgeous. The tomatoes just pop off the bread.

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  17. Just to let you know, I think there is a foodie law somewhere that says you cannot separate purple onion and tomatoes....LOL!! For real! What a scrumptious looking salad.

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  18. What a great looking tomato salad! Thanks for sharing the recipe idea & the tomato-love !

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  19. Yum this looks pretty tasty to me, fresh tomato pizza is sooo good!

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  20. Looks so good. On the pizza or as a salad. But that melting gooey choose and the tomatoes. I wish I had a big slice!

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  21. This looks really yummy! I like most anything on pizza dough. I never thought to use it as foccacia!

    Thanks for linking to Foodie Friends Friday! I know you are a member, but want to say thanks anyway!

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