Mr. Food: Tomato Bread Salad

In celebration of tomato season, Mr. Food is giving us a fresh idea to turn those tasty red fruits into a dinner delight.

We're back on location in the tomato fields of south Florida that contribute most of the tomatoes the country enjoys from fall right on through spring. It's time for a taste! I mean, besides all the studies showing how good they are for us, there are loads more reasons why we're wild about the tangy sweetness of the Florida tomatoes.

Well, without ripe red tomato chunks, I mean, a green salad would seem incomplete, right? And where would we ever get a more garden fresh taste than a tomato sandwich that's just a little smear of mayo, salt and pepper? A BLT without the tomatoes?! Unthinkable! Yeah! And that's not all. Tomatoes are both the flavorful and colorful addition to our pastas, our pizzas and our casseroles.

One of my favorite ways is we seed and chunk up about 4 tomatoes and marinate 'em in about 1/2 cup Italian dressing for about 15 minutes. Now we toss 'em with some packaged or even homemade croutons, 1 chunked-up cucumber, some thinly sliced red onion, and a few little seasonings, and enjoy! And served on a bed of mixed greens, it's mouthful after mouthful of in-season fresh taste! Mmm, mmm!

If you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope marked "Tomato Bread Salad" to me, Mr. Food, back at the station, or look for it online for a slice of the juicy sweet goodness that only a full red ripe tomato gives us! Mr. Food here, reporting right from the source. Yeah, the source of the full-flavored "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"