I grew up picking tomatoes straight from the garden and eating them like apples, warm from the sun. Since then, I've had a hard-and-fast two-tomato-a-day rule every summer. Sure, I love tomato salads, BLTs, and simple, garlicky sauce, but this summer, my favorite way to reach my daily quota is a slice of tomato galette.
With summer in full swing what better way to spend an evening than with a few cocktails and chips and dip? Skip the store-bought brand of salsa and use in season tomatoes to make these fresh versions and you'll never go back to jarred.
Chef Michael Chiarello shows how to make the freshest tomato salad with roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives, and lots of herbs and spices. He tosses the salad with a simple olive oil and lemon dressing.