July 2nd Market Recipes ft. Tomato Basil Salad

Now that summertime is officially upon us, our tomato selection is becoming increasingly diverse. Yes, it’s true that most tomatoes will satisfy the everyday tomato emergency, but sometimes it’s nice to have that one perfect tomato that would maximize deliciousness. Yesterday we focused on sampling our Siletz tomatoes, though we also had big beefs, early girls, and heirlooms brightening up our shelves.20160702_213629 (2)

  • Fresh Kohlrabi with Lemon and Salt (June 4th post)
  • Pico de Gallo (June 25th post)
    • New Addition: This week I added in one minced jalapeño to bring up the spice level a bit, and it was delicious. Depending on the jalapeño, I think two could be even better!
  • Zucchini Sauté with Spinach and Garlic (June 25th post)
    • New Addition: Last week I used cocozelle squash, but this week we didn’t have any so I used zucchini and it turned out just as well. I also used spinach today in place of lacinato kale, just to shake things up a bit. See photo at right.


  • The Lazy Man’s Pickle: Cucumbers with Dill and Lemon
  • Tomato Basil Salad


This cucumber salad takes hardly five minutes to prepare, and is a wonderful snack or side dish on a summer day. In a large bowl, mix together the following ingredients:

  • 3-4 Cucumbers, sliced into discs
  • 1/3 bunch Dill, finely chopped
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Salt to taste, 2-3 pinches


This is so simple to make, and it’s so tasty! I may have eaten as much of it myself as I sampled. This dish can be eaten as is for a snack or side dish. For ultimate luxury, get some locally made cheese and a loaf of fresh bread, sit down in the grass somewhere, and enjoy your tomato basil salad accompanied by other fresh farmers’ market goods. The Siletz tomatoes used in this dish are front and center in the photo below, with heirloom tomatoes scattered around. Mix together the following ingredients in a bowl and then serve:

  • 4-5 Siletz tomatoes, sliced into big chunks
  • 1/4 bunch Basil, finely chopped20160702_213416 (2)
  • Salt to taste, 2-3 pinches (Coarse salt really ties the room together.)

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