When I was a kid, my mom made a salad that was incredibly simple: Sliced ripe summer tomatoes, salt, pepper, vinegar and sugar.
It almost sounds too simple, right? But, summer tomatoes don't need a whole lot. And with that salad, every single ingredient served to enhance the tomatoes rather than cover them up.
I usually make that same salad at least once over the summer, sometimes making it more sweet, and other times edging towards the puckery-tart. But this time, I decided to change things up a bit. Instead of using sugar, I decided to use honey. And not just any honey - I used Clover Honey Creme from Honey Ridge Farms.
I wanted to find a way to use the honey in its purest form, not cooked into something. Short of eating it with a spoon (which I might or might not have done - it's really good!) I was stumped.
Well, I could have drizzled it on ice cream or English muffins. Despite those being delicious ideas, they wouldn't have been a very good recipe. But, when I brought tomatoes home from the farmer's market, I had the idea of using the honey with the tomatoes.
Well, then. Salad.
Tomato Salad with Honey and Thyme
By Donna Currie, Cookistry
1/2 large red tomato (beefsteak, if you can find them)
1/2 large green or yellow tomato
Pinch of salt
Several grinds of black pepper
Leaves stripped from 1 spring fresh thyme
Honey Ridge Farms Clover Honey Creme, as needed
Red wine vinegar, as needed
Remove the core from the tomato and slice into thin wedges. Arrange the slices on a plate - I alternated the red and green, but you could put all red on one side of a the plate and all green on the other.
And, of course, you could use just one large tomato. Or use several tomatoes to make a whole platter for a party.
Sprinkle on salt and grind on the pepper, then strew the thyme leaves on top. Drizzle on the honey cream in thin strands. I used a fork to portion the honey.
Drizzle on just a little bit of vinegar. I know you've seen this on TV, where you put your thumb over most of the opening of the bottle and just shake on a small amount here and there.
You can refrigerate the leftovers, but the tomatoes tend to get a little soft. They still taste good, but the presentation isn't as nice.