Tomato Blue Cheese Salad

I received my August Foodie Pen Pal package over a week ago and I’m still enjoying all the treats.  It was packed full of fun foods.  I especially love the Back to Nature Granola; it’s a bag of little bags of granola, perfect for on the go meals.  I can’t wait to try the organic raw oatmeal.

I love this time of year, all the fresh local veggies at their prime.  We have been having tomatoes with almost every meal.  Nothing like a scrambled egg topped with fresh chives (including the chive blossoms) and a side of sliced tomatoes.  We’ve been skipping the lettuce with salads; it’s all about tomatoes when fresh Michigan tomatoes are in abundance.

I often make a tomato salad with fresh mozzarella or feta cheese but decided to give blue cheese a try for a change and it was a nice contrast of flavors.  I wanted to add some red onion for a little extra crunch.  When I began to slice the onion I was nearly knocked out by the strength of the onion.  An easy way to make onions a little less strong is to give them a little soak in vinegar.  I sliced the onion, placed the slices in a small bowl and then barely covered the slices with red wine vinegar and let it sit for about 30 minutes. I didn’t really add a dressing to the salad, not much extra flavor was needed to make this a great tasting salad.  Just a drizzle of a tiny bit of olive oil was all I added and the fresh flavors of the tomatoes and cucumbers were a perfect contrast to the tangy blue cheese.

3 medium tomatoes, cubed

2 small pickle cucumbers, peeled, halved and cut into bite size pieces

1 small red onion sliced soaked in red wine vinegar (see above)

¼ cup crumbled blue cheese

1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

1 or 2 teaspoons of olive oil

Add tomatoes, cucumbers and onion to serving plate.  Sprinkle with blue cheese and parsley and drizzle with olive oil.

Getting into my herb garden has gotten a little tricky; the wall of chives to keep the bunnies out of the herb garden is now in full bloom and the bees love the blossoms.  It is a very nice fragrance, sweet without being overly so, so can’t blame them for going crazy for the blossoms!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!



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