I love cherry tomato salad. It’s tasty and refreshing and best of all ridiculously easy:
Cherry tomato salad
Cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size
Good quality olive oil
Dried or fresh oregano and/or basil
Mix, add more spices if you want and eat! It’s even better if you let it sit for half an hour first, but I rarely have the patience.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t continue getting better, and to my taste is quite soggy the next day. So leftover tomato salad is an issue.
However, paired with the inevitable question “what’s for dinner?” An answer appears:
Pizza on Matzah (or pita)
This is a staple dinner that a kid can make on his own, and is standard when the kids have their friends, as it’s easy and appealing to most children. I’ll start with the Passover version and add notes for the regular one.
Matzah, broken in two or four
Pizza sauce of choice:
2. Leftover tomato salad, minced in the food processor. Add some tomato paste if too thin.
3. Mix tomato paste, a dash of water, oregano, basil, and optionally ketchup.
Yellow cheese or mozzarella cheese, sliced
Topping of choice
Spread sauce over matzah.
Top with cheese.
Add topping of choice. Kids love to experiment with this, but this time we went with the classics:
If only one or two, microwave for 30 seconds on high. For a family, grill in the oven for 3-5 minutes at 200 °C.
Serve with vegetables cut into sticks: cucumbers, carrots and red peppers are favorites at my house.
Notes for pita version: using a knife, separate the pita sides. Spread sauce and cheese as toppings on each round pita half and cook as above.
Obviously this would work with regular sliced bread as well, but for some reason kids like that less.
This is a great use for leftover tomato pasta sauce as well.