Recession Eats: The Fastest, Cheapest Salad Ever

June 14, 2012 3:21 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
The hot-house favorite stars in this fast, cheap, and easy salad. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Recession Eats: The Fastest, Cheapest Salad Ever

by Anthony Smith

Growing up, my mother always had a kitchen sink approach to cooking. Unfortunately, since we were often too busy to go to the supermarket, our kitchen sink could be a barren place. Looking at mine on any given day, it feels like I've come full circle. Since really getting down and dirty with my mealtime has become a special occasion, here's a very fast pseudo-salad that you can whip up as long as you have its five ingredients on hand. And given the simplicity of the five ingredients, I'm pretty sure you will.

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You Will Need:

-One bright red tomato, vine-ripened or otherwise delicious

-Salt and pepper

-Balsamic vinegar

-Olive oil

-One fourth red onion, diced (totally and completely optional)

Think of this as a caprese pared down to its essentials. Start with your tomato. Wash it and chop it up willy-nilly into bite-sized pieces. Drizzle it with olive oil and a splash of balsamic. Put a generous pinch of salt and pepper on top. Mix it up and serve it.

It may not seem like much, but it is the most simple and perfect way to eat a tomato outside of biting into it off the vine. The salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic help to bring out the fruitiness of everyone's favorite garden star. For those of you who aren't a fan of fresh tomatoes (I count myself among your numbers), try this recipe on for size. You'll be happy you did. It may be the only way you ever eat a fresh tomato from now on.


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