Potato salad with tomatoes and fresh basil

My sister made this potato salad years ago and it is my favorite potato salad ever.  I don’t care for mayonnaise so that is partially why.  But also because this is a delicious salad.

Potato salad with tomatoes and fresh basil

1 pound new potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 pound ripes tomatoes (2 large) cut into chunks (including juice)

1/4 cup minced fresh basil

1 Tbsp. olive oil

pinch of salt

freshly ground black pepper

1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

Steam the potatoes over boiling water until tender, 12 to 14 minutes.  Drain, pat dry and place in a large bowl.

Add the tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper and toss well to combine.  Serve warm or slightly chilled.



Tomato slicing how-to

Perhaps this is common knowledge.  But it wasn’t common enough for me until recently.  In the past when I have sliced tomatoes, I get a juicy slimy mess all over the cutting board.  Then I read this tidbit somewhere and it works!

Using a serrated knife, you core the top of the tomato by cutting diagonally making a V.

Then turn the tomato over and slice down from the bottom of the tomato to where the stem was attached.

No muss, no fuss.  Just a sliced tomato.