Summer Vegetable Bounty: Italian-style Tomato Salad & Roasted Rainbow Carrots

16 Aug

  
Heirloom vegetables are so gorgeous and delicious, especially in the summer. Our dinner last night was wild coho salmon. For vegetable accompaniments I made what I like to call Italian-style tomato salsa/salad and roasted rainbow carrots.

The tomatoes I chopped up and mixed with finely chopped red onions, minced jalapeño pepper, chiffonade basil and capers, seasoned with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar. The jalapeño gives the salad a nice kick, while the aged balsamic brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes. The capers add a salty, briny quality. We love this salad to go with a variety of proteins as a topping, or just to eat with corn chips, much like a salsa.

  

As for the carrots, I scrubbed them clean and cut them them into about 1/4 inch thickness, skin on, taking off just the ends. Laying the carrots onto roasting pans — making sure not to over crowd them — I gave them a few good glugs of olive oil, about two table spoons per pan, and mixed thoroughly so all carrot pieces were coated with oil. I added a few slices of lemon. Normally I would add whole cloves of garlic, skin on, but sadly I was out of garlic — so I sprinkled some garlic powder over the carrots instead. I roasted the carrots in 400F oven, occasionally mixing them around in the pan, until cooked, about 50 minutes. I wanted to “char” the carrots a bit, so at the very end I set the oven to medium broil for about 5 minutes to crisp up the edges. Once out of the oven I seasoned the carrots with salt and pepper, and threw in some finely chopped basil. I think the lemon works very well with the carrots, as it adds a brightness that complements the natural earthy sweetness of carrots.

  

  
So simple and yet so flavorful! Summer vegetables are so wonderful.

What seasonal vegetable are you cooking these days?

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4 Responses to “Summer Vegetable Bounty: Italian-style Tomato Salad & Roasted Rainbow Carrots”

  1. karendianearabella August 16, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    My mouth is watering for this dish, lovely descriptions and accompanying photo’s. So happy, you have returned to posting.

    • tomoko August 16, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

      Thank you so much! Really appreciate it!

  2. Frannie August 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    Incredible salad, Tomoko! I made it today, just finished eating the first portion (I made lots, so I’ll have it tomorrow and maybe more). I didn’t use jalapenos, because I don’t really like them, but used real garlic with the carrots — delicious — and an ear of bicolor corn added a nice crunch. I love those heirloom tomatoes!

    • tomoko August 16, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

      Thanks, Frannie! Bicolor corn sounds delicious! Summer corn is SO GOOD!

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