Easy Tomato Salad with Tarragon Pesto
Oh how I enjoy these bright, juicy tomatoes, marinated in olive oil and topped with a basil tarragon pesto and toasted pine nuts. I've made this recipe no less than three times this past week. I think it will be a summer side dish favorite.
This easy tomato salad recipe works well with any type of tomato - though I used some of my favorites heirloom tomatoes and kumato tomatoes. I'm a big fan of basil pesto, but I saw the idea for this tarragon pesto in an Eating Well recipe and thought it sounded delightful. Tarragon is bittersweet and has an anise flavor (so if you're a fennel fan, this recipe is for you). The cheese in the pesto does mellow it, but it's still an unusual and wonderfully flavored pesto.
Are you growing tomatoes this summer? We did last summer - we even grew my favorites (green zebras) but the chipmunks and squirrels kept getting to them before they ripened. In fact, they'd eat a few bites out of them and throw them on the ground. I think I would have been less mad had they eaten the whole tomato - it felt so wasteful...hah! So this summer I'm sticking strictly to hostas, astilbes, peonies, and hydrangeas (oh and a few snapdragons that have done surprisingly well in the torrential rainstorms we've been having). I love a homegrown tomato, but I think I need to learn a little more about squirrel management before I take another crack at growing my food!
I hope you enjoy this delicious and easy tomato salad with tarragon pesto. I'm sure it will be one of your summer favorites as well!