Thursday, August 16, 2007

You say tomato, I say mmmm

Last week, at Willow, I had a phenomenal salad with heirloom tomatoes. And this afternoon, I thought that a caprese salad would be nice today. So, instead of going to my normal ordinary Harris Teeter, I decided to drive out to a nearby organic market to try to get my hands on some heirloom tomatoes.

Sadly, there weren't that many to choose from. The bin was almost empty, and most of the ones that were left felt too squishy. But I somehow managed to find three tomatoes -- one was a large dark orange marbled with a little yellow and green, and two were smaller and more red colored. I also picked up a pint of sweet orange cherry tomatoes, and some farm fresh mozzarella. And, while the tomatoes were a little pricey -- $4.99/lb -- the fresh cheese was cheaper than what I pay for it at the regular grocery store.

The organic tomatoes and mozzarella made for a pretty good salad. But now I'm thinking that to do it right, I'm going to have to get up early some weekend and go to a farmer's market. I'm sure I could find something fantastic that way.


Mystery Maiden said...

Mmmmmm! Nothing beats a really great salad with fresh veggies and great cheese. Now I'm hungry! haha!


Ryane said...

good idea! i just recently started grilling plum tomotos on my grill pan and it is soo devine. your salad description has made me hungry...

where do you live? in VA? I know there are some great 'pick-your-own' farms in Mont & PG counties, but I don't know about VA. Surely there are good ones in tony places like Leesburg??

wow. i'm hungry now too.

dara said...

Mystery Maiden: I don't always love all salads, but when I find ones I like, they're the best. Other than tomato and mozzarella salad, I'm a fan of pretty much anything with apples, walnuts, and goat cheese.

Ryane: I don't know that pick your own would have heirlooms. I think my best shot is a farmer's market. Arlington has one on Saturday mornings, if I can get up early enough.

Unless I'm driving out to the outlet mall, there's no good reason to go to Leesburg.