Sunday, June 22, 2008

Four Basil Tomato Salad

This summer we planted several basil varieties: Thai basil, holy basil, purple basil, spicy globe basil, etc. I was feeling extravagant, (and irritated with the tomato phobia sweeping the nation) so I made a tomato salad with not one, not two, not three, but four different types of basil! Take that- tomato-phobes. p.s. these are grape tomatoes and have been exempted from the salmonellosis outbreak - as have been cherry tomatoes and vine-ripe tomatoes. It is probably a safer bet to always use organic, vine-ripe tomatoes anyway. A word to the wise: if your suspect tomato was found lying prostrate inside of a big mac, suffocating alongside neon orange "cheese" in a taco bell challupa, or cowering under the bright lights of your corner deli's salad bar - I'd take a pass. Salmonella or not, those sad tomatoes deserve an FDA warning any day of the week.

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