July 22, 2015

From Farm to Table Heirloom Tomato and Feta Salad


In our mostly rural southern Illinois county, we grow some of the best fruits and vegetables in the tri-state area.  The fruits and vegetables raised here are shipped all over the Midwest.

For some reason, the Cobden, Illinois, area grows the absolutely best fruits and vegetables.  There are a couple of schools of thought about this:  that the soil is just right for growing tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, beets, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, squash, and many other vegetables.  The second school of thought is that it is a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation.  I think it's probably a combination of both.

We bought these heirloom tomatoes at the Farmer's Market, and I made this great little salad last night for supper.


We shared a ribeye steak, which my hubby grilled out, green beans, and this great tomato salad.

I cut the tomatoes in half and put them in a bowl, added crumbled feta cheese, salt, pepper, and Olive Press Balsamic Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil that we bought at the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in the Sonoma Valley on our trip to San Francisco last week.  The Balsamic Vinegar is absolutely delicious.  I swear it's so sweet, you can eat it over ice cream!


How about these two tourists posing in front of this gorgeous winery? 


This is the view from the back of the winery.  It is absolutely beautiful.


We did tastings of several different wines, and this very nice lady gave us a history of the winery as well educated us about the wines we were tasting and how to pair them.  LOTS of fun!  It had a GREAT shop where you could taste olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


This is truly a great farm to table salad.  Such a super summer salad!!

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