Aug 18, 2009

good things can take a long time

this is such a refreshing summer salad!  the ingredient list is rather short and the method is simple.  it's just one step that takes quite a long time.  but what's 4-5 hours?  
we start with fresh tomatoes, preferably the same size, but i couldn't do it.  i got my tomatoes from my CSA and from a coworker's garden.  

fresh tomatoes are slow-roasted in the oven at 250 for 4-5 hours (depending on the size of your tomatoes).  the flavor is amazing.  i could eat these plain.  i actually ate many of the plain and had to stop so that i had enough for the salad.  okay, so not the prettiest, but some of the tastiest food around.
the salad is just the slow roasted tomatoes with yellow wax beans, white beans, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. that's it! 
and yes, this picture is just a little blurry.  still working on those camera skills.
one wonderful thing about this is that the juices from the slow-roasted tomatoes (just some juices) is sweet and slightly acidic and mixes beautifully with a little bit of olive oil to give every bite some flavor.
Summer Salad with slow-roasted tomatoes and beans
6 or 7 roma tomatoes or equivalent
1 cup yellow wax beans (i stir-fried mine, steamed would be good too)
1 cup white beans (home cooked, if you've got the time, not canned)
handful or more of basil
1 tbsp good olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
just toss it together!

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