What instead of the tomato?
If there is one produce item that says summer more than any other, I think it’s the tomato. Every year I look forward to the arrival of big, juicy tomatoes that have been ripened on the vine outdoors. Once they come to market, I indulge in them any way I can. This year is no different.
But in the U.S. people are being warned off of certain tomatoes (plum and Roma) from certain regions, as well as some types of peppers and cilantro, because of a salmonella scare. While the Food and Drug Administration is saying that tomatoes from other regions are safe, I think it is human nature to be wary of tomatoes in general - just like the spinach contamination scare of last year.
While it’s not much of a stretch to think of alternative greens to spinach, it’s hard to think of alternatives to tomatoes. What else matches that tart-sweet juiciness?
Are you avoiding tomatoes this summer? What are you using instead of them if so? What other produce says “summer” to you? Any suggestions for tomato-less summer salad?