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Monday, July 4, 2011

Covey Rise Tomato Salad ~ New Hampshah Style

Between the wonderfully simple yet fantastic Chopped Salad that my friend, Yenta Mary, featured recently here on her blog and the Covey Rise Salad that was featured here on Food Woolf, I knew that I had to find some tomatoes soon and make a version of these salads.

While I would have loved to have access to the creole and heirloom tomatoes that are grown at Covey Rise Lodge in Husser, Louisiana, they are obviously not available in New Hampshire.  

 
So I ventured off yesterday to Spring Ledge Farm where I felt that I would have a greater chance of finding the best tomatoes in the area.  Not only was I able to find some tomatoes and some beautiful fresh basil and garlic, I was able to find the coveted Garlic Scapes that Yenta Mary wrote about recently, as well.  You can read her very informative blog post here where she, also, features a fantastic recipe that is on the menu for tomorrow.

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Now those who have been hanging around here with me for any time at all know that I rarely, if ever, make a recipe in its original form.  There is almost always my spin on it.

This salad was no exception.   I took the Covey Rise Tomato Salad Recipe and not only added some chopped yellow and orange bell peppers like Mary did in her recipe; but I added some of the delicious garlic scapes and a yellow squash that I had in the fridge.

It was absolutely delicious and it perfectly balanced out the American Chop Suey (a New England staple!) that David made to go along with it.  Even the family member who is really on the fence about whether or not he likes tomatoes pronounced it delicious and had two helpings. 

So I'm happy to share with you...

Covey Rise Tomato Salad 
~ New Hampshah Style
Adapted from here and here

Chopped tomatoes (I used three tomatoes...one large and two medium sized ones.)

Chopped baby carrots (I used a handful of baby carrots and eyeballed it.)

Chopped cucumber, seeds scraped out (I used a large cucumber.)
 
Red, Yellow and/or Orange Bell Peppers 
(I used about 3 or 4 baby ones.  They are sweeter than the larger ones.)

Red onion, very thinly sliced into half moons  
(I eyeballed this one, as well.)

2 tablespoons of capers

6 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
(I know how to chiffonade; but, I'm not sure I described it correctly there.  "Cut into chiffonade" doesn't sound right to me.  oh well, you get it.  If someone knows how I should have conveyed that, I would be happy to know!)

1 lime, juiced

3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 
Parmesan cheese, grated

Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, to taste

Feta Cheese, crumbled

Toss the vegetables, capers and basil in a large salad bowl.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil over the veggies and toss gently. Squeeze the lime juice and grated Parmesan over the salad and gently toss again.  Taste for seasoning and add the feta cheese.

This post is being linked up here for Seasonal Sunday
here for a Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday
here for Garden Variety Wednesday 
and here for Fresh Bites Friday.

 
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Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you and your family have a happy and safe 4th of July.  Happy Birthday, USA!

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31 comments:

  1. Looks so bright and refreshing! There is nothing like fresh homegrown produce.

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  2. It certainly looks delicious!!

    Have a wonderful fourth!

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  3. Beautiful tomato salad! Love the colors :)

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  4. Hey, girlfriend, this salad has my name all over it! LOVE tomatoes...and everything else that you included. Looks divine and thanks for sharing your version.

    xo
    Pat

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  5. Great looking salad! So fresh and so colorful, I'd have to have a second helping! Lucky you to find garlic scapes!

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  6. There really is nothing as good as heirloom tomatoes...or garlic scapes! This sounds like one delicious salad! So many vibrant colors emanating from it...it's gorgeous!

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  7. OMG, is that GORGEOUS!!! Fresh tomatoes, the beloved scapes, feta, all those other beautiful colors and flavors ... sigh. If you don't get out here to join ME for dinner some night, I'm going to have to hitch a ride out to you and park myself at your table ... :)

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  8. This looks delicious and so tasty! Great for a hot summer day!

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  9. Candace, I love tomatoes and I'm always looking for new salads to take to my friend's house. Her husband is a food broker and I hate to keep taking the same old things over there. Lol. Thank you for sharing this. Hope you had a great 4th!

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  10. Look at that tomato salad. Southern and perfect for the summer! Oh how i love tomatoes and yours looks like perfection. I hope you had a great 4th of July and you got to spend wonderful time with your family and friends!

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  11. Great looking salad! The tomatoes look nice too. Glad to meet an ex-Bayou girl!

    If you are interested, I'm hosting a link up featuring recipes made with homegrown and Farmer's Market produce. Would love to have this bright and colorful salad as part of it.
    http://msenplace.blogspot.com/2011/07/got-watermelon-and-garden-variety-wed-9.html

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  12. That looks absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing- I am going to follow your page, I look forward to reading your future blog posts :)

    http://sweetenedbykagi.blogspot.com

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  13. This salad looks gorgeous! My tomato plants are dripping in ripe tomatoes right now, so I am looking for new and fresh ideas for my salads! This one is perfect! Thanks, Candace! ;)

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  14. oh my....this looks amazing. I LOVE LOVE LOVE tomato salads...this is officially "on the list"...will let you know how it comes out :)

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  15. That New Hampshah salad looks wicked good! :) I love it. I'm going to make it next week.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  16. Candace, I love fresh tomatoes. your salad looks delicious. the folks in New Hampshah ;) sure know how to make a salad.

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  17. Oh my fave salad is tomato and buffalo cheese but looks like it can be my other fave!

    p.s. you have a lovely blog!

    besos,
    ML
    Bonjour, come say hello!
    Twenty York Street
    http://www.twentyyork.com/2011/06/i-am-fashion-are-you.html

    Twenty York Street

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  18. That looks so good. And fresh. And healthy. Yum!

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  19. I admit pangs of jealousy. I'm in Denver, a mile up in the air where tomatoes make a later start and the high altitude just never produces anything for me that looks as beautiful as your tomatoes. I love living here but it's moments like this when I long for the heat of the Midwest and an amazing tomato salad. Beautiful.

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  20. This is so lovely! What a fresh thing to eat for the summer. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  21. I love pretty much any type of chop salad...this looks perfect for a summer's day!

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  22. Hey, how's your niece? I think it was your niece? Is she doing better still? I think about those posts all the time. My fingers are crossed that the big "C" stays away...

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  23. Thanks for linking w/ Garden Variety Wednesday! Hope to see you back July 20th.

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  24. This sounds so snappy with the capers and red onions.

    Basil leaves cut into chiffonade is actually correct despite sounding funky. Chiffonade is a noun so it's awkward when describing an action. You could also say: Chiffonade of 6 basil leaves. Hope that helps. : )

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  25. We - especially Adam- are huge salad fans, particularly tomato salad fans and just reading your recipe makes our mouths water.

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  26. Sounds divine! I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. I'm following along now. Found you through Mitzi on twitter ( following you there too). Hugs!

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  27. Candace. Has it been a while since I've visited your blog or what?? When did you change it? I love the look of it and your picture at the top is so gorgeous! And this tomato salad is rocking!! Love me some tomatoes right now. So nice to eat them in season.

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  28. You did it again! It looks scrumptious, and very "summery"!!!

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  29. This sounds so delicious... tomatoes and feta, a favorite combo of mine! Thanks for linking at Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday last week... hope you will link up again this week (closes tomorrow night) and look forward to featuring you as FF in the future! :)

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