It is still pretty warm out but tomatoes are nearing the end of their season. To honor the tomato, here is a very simple salad that includes some of my favorite ingredients including dill (aka Polish air freshener). Speaking of dill, why don’t people use the stems of dill and parsley and other herbs? The flavor is essentially the same, you just have to chop those parts finer. Waste not want not!
Twaróg is farmers cheese, which is very popular in Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe. For some reason, a lot of people here don’t know about it…but they should! Friendship brand is the most common farmers cheese in American grocery stores, but if you can’t find any, feta and mozzarella could be substitutes, depending on which flavor you like. If available, use Campari and a package of mixed tomatoes (which usually includes cherry or grape tomatoes) or heirloom tomatoes. It is nice to mix many different types here to give some depth of flavor. Leggo!
*Makes 4 servings*
- 2 Campari tomatoes
- 10-16 oz of grape/cherry/mixed tomatoes
- 3 oz twaróg (farmers cheese)
- 1 tbsp. chopped dill
- 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped scallions
- 1 tbsp. oil (such as olive oil)
- 1 tsp. red or white wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper
Quarter the Campari tomatoes and halve the smaller cherry/grape/mixed tomatoes and mix together with salt and pepper. Crumble the twaróg into the tomato mix. Spread the chopped dill, parsley, and scallion over the top of the mix and drizzle with the oil and vinegar.