My folks love tomatoes. Any tomatoes. Me, I’m a sucker for a fresh garden tomato and otherwise they leave me cold. So when I come across tomatoes that could use a little help, I jazz them up a bit. Not that these lovelies in the photos needed any help, mind you.
This simple little cherry tomato salad takes minutes to make and takes any tomato over the top. While I used this beautiful mix of cherry tomatoes today, this is just as good with plain old cherry tomatoes or a large tomato cut in chunks. If the tomatoes are very juicy, toss them in a strainer for a few minutes..
I loosely based the dressing on my Bell Pepper and Tomato Salad, which I originally loosely based on a Turkish salad, Ezme. Think of this salad like a Catalina dressing with a bit of a kick from Sweet Chili Sauce. I love that stuff and sneak it into all kinds of things.
The other surprise? Ketchup. Yep. I usually use tomato paste for things like this, but the cupboard was bare! So inspiration hit. Maybe that’s not so far off when Cook’s Illustrate uses ketchup in their Catalina Dressing! If it’s good enough for Cook’s, it’s good enough for me. 🙂
If you have an Aldi nearby, check them out. They’re so easy to get in and out of and they often have little surprises you wouldn’t think you’d find in a discount store – like these tomatoes.
Have a safe Memorial day, all. If you’re not in the States, Memorial day is the day we honor those who’ve died serving our country. It’s also the day many visit the final resting places of loved ones, go to parades and have get togethers around the grill. Here, Memorial day is really the unofficial “official” start of summer.
We seem to be having Cinco de Mayo week rather than just a day here at the Frugal household! Really, the three previous posts are all leading up to this very special recipe, Bob Armstrong’s Chile con Queso. What can I say? This is a masterpiece. I wish I could have gotten this recipe to you before the holiday, but make it anytime or pin it for later!
I have a simple little Pico de Gallo recipe on my blog already, on my Tastes like Chicken, Chipotle’s Chicken recipe, but I decided this year to give the Pico all the glory and give this marvelous recipe it’s own post.
I love mixing up fresh salsas and sides, especially now that the warm weather is here! This Roasted Corn & Black Bean Salsa is perfect for a side with Mexican, Southwestern or Barbecued food, or just for dipping when the mood hits.
I don’t know about you, but I love, love, love me some Chicken Tortilla Soup. Or some Turkey Tortilla Soup. Or probably ANY Tortilla Soup. Just put it in front of me and I’ll eat it – no questions asked.
This year, it seems I’m all about the tomato. We’ve been tomato crazy, and now have tons of tomatoes in various stages of ripening. If you’re in the same boat, this Smoky Chipotle Tomato Chutney is gonna be a perfect way to use up a glut of red ones.