You know all those people whose gardens are loaded with so many tomatoes that they can’t possibly use them all and so give them away?
I’m not one of them. Gardening is not one of my strong points. I get tomatoes from handouts from friends and at Farmer’s Markets.
Still, whether you grow them or buy them, end-of-summer tomatoes are sensational. Sweet, juicy, tasting of earth and sun. Like a real tomato.
I used some of my friends’ tomatoes in salads over the past week. We liked this one in particular.
Tomato Salad with Chick Peas, Feta and Peas
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 cup cooked chick peas (canned is fine)
1 cup thawed, frozen peas
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 thick scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon zatar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Place the tomatoes, chick peas, peas, cheese, scallions, mint and zatar in a bowl. Toss the ingredients to distribute them evenly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour in the olive oil and toss the ingredients again. Pour in the wine vinegar, toss and place the salad in a serving bowl. Let rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings