Insalata di Pomodori alla Napoletana
Region: Italy, Campania-Naples
Difficulty: Easy but takes non-working time
Neapolitans would make this tomato salad with large tomatoes that still have a little green on them. This recipe uses ripe ones. At no time should the tomatoes be refrigerated. This is an excellent recipe to experiment with heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market.
[photo: Clifford A. Wright]
Yield: Makes 10 to 12 servings
Preparation Time: 2 hours
14 large ripe tomatoes (7 to 8 pounds total), cut in half
For the dressing
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar, or to taste
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. Seed the tomatoes by lightly squeezing them out over a garbage pail or a sink with a disposal, then cut into thin wedges. Place the tomatoes in a colander and leave to drain for 2 hours.
2. For the dressing, in a bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, and oregano.
3. Transfer the drained tomatoes to a large bowl or platter and toss with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.