There were only four of us. And the other couple was my parents. And they pretty much did all the cooking. But still. We had guests for dinner, at our table, in our home. We're so grown up!
Upon their arrival, the car was unloaded (wine in tow, no doubt), the tour was given (we've bought a few things since their last visit), and drinks were poured (beer for the guys, said wine for mom, fruity cocktail for me, as usual). At last, our little party was underway. While the men manned the grill, us ladies stayed in the kitchen making this tomato salad- a light and refreshing side dish straight from the kitchen of my sister.
We were first introduced the evening after my brother's wedding at a small get-together at her place and Nathan's been talking about it ever since. Once my parents announced their intentions to drive down and stay with us for a little weekend vacay, they insisted we put our lonely grill to use, and I knew instantly that tomato salad would make an appearance. The tomatoes get a little heat from the jalapeno, a bit of a zing from the ginger, and a salty drizzle of balsamic poured over top; we definitely enjoyed good company and good food that evening.
2 large tomatoes, cut into large chunks
1 green onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 jalapeno, minced
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Combines tomatoes, green onion, garlic, and jalapeno in large bowl. In separate, small bowl, whisk together balsamic, brown sugar, olive oil, ginger, cumin, salt, and pepper. Pour dressing over tomato mixture and toss to coat. Chill for one hour before serving.
Adapted from my sister, Mel.