“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon.” - Dr. Seuss
By Nicole Lisson
- The Capitol Hill Times -
What’s the difference between an heirloom tomato and a regular tomato? Good question. An heirloom tomato is a variety that has been passed down through several generations of family. It comes in different sizes, colors and shapes. When I went to the farmers market the other day, I picked up a basket of heirloom tomatoes with no plan on how to use them. When I got home, there was a huge loaf of bread going stale on my counter. What better way then to combine my two loves, bread and tomatoes than in a Panzanella salad? In hindsight, raw asparagus and fresh peas would have been a wonderful addition so I added them to the ingredients list below.
2 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into chunks
2 cups dry crusty bread (French or Italian Loaf), torn into pieces
1 seedless cucumber, cut into large chunks
5 stalks of asparagus, chopped
½ cup fresh peas
½ red onion, chopped
A handful of basil leaves, torn into little pieces
¼ cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Mix everything together and let marinate for at least thirty minutes at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or else you will run the texture of the tomatoes.