Simple Side Salad

>> March 9, 2010

Easy but tasty.

I love experimenting and freestyling in the kitchen, and I recently came up with this salad idea. This recipe may not be new and I'm pretty sure some salad lover have already came up with this long before I discovered it. But let me present it to you with some personal touch in terms of texture and flavor. I'm so crazy about this salad that I want to match it with every dish I cook. But seriously, this salad is best matched with your favorite grilled meat dish, or when you feel that sudden cravings for something fresh - this is a perfect fit! Simple and easy to prepare, yet classy and tasty :).

- 4 pieces ripe tomatoes, bite size sliced.
- 1 white onion, cut in to C shapes
- Fresh basil leaves, finely chopped.

- 2 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- a pinch of salt
- ground black pepper

(make sure you wash your veggies thoroughly)
1. Slice tomatoes to bite size. I personally like cutting it in half from the stem downwards, and then divide the half in to 3 parts. Set aside.

2. Peel and cut the white onion thinly. You can slice it in rings, it depends on your taste. But I like to cut it in half, and then slice into wedges thinly, so when you separate layers, you'll get like C shapes (sorry for that very poor instructions, but hey that's what the photos are for :P). I think that thin C shapes look good with bite size tomatoes. Set aside.

3. Coarsely chop the fresh basil leaves. You can tear it with your fingers for more different texture.

4. Put the balsamic vinegar and honey in a small bowl. You can actually use vinaigrette as a substitute to balsamic vinegar. It's all up to your taste, but the honey is necessary to give you that sweet and sour flavor. Put a pinch of salt to taste.

5. Mix all veggies together in a bowl, and sprinkle the dressing. Make sure that the dressing is just enough to coat the veggies, careful not to drown them. I always like lightly dressed salad and preserve the fresh taste of the veggies.

Your simple side salad.

I strongly recommend to try this, a quick way to serve something fresh together with your main dish!


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I work and live at night time. I am a person deprived of natural light. I rarely cook in the morning as I'm almost always asleep, else busy with house chores. As much as I love natural light in my photography, I'm afraid I don't usually have that luxury, unless I sacrifice my sleep, or make an effort to stay up longer during the day to do a cooking + photo session. So I depend on my flash, and sometimes, available light from my fluorescent bulbs. Although, in my opinion, nothing beats the natural light, I am, so far, satisfied with my shots using my flash that I learned to love.

I always look forward to the weekends for some sunlight.

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