Did you know that today, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven? It’s okay if you didn’t, not all Catholics know the significance of this day. And it’s not my job to convert anyone. I’m not even going to try. Let’s just say that, as a Catholic, I believe and from a religious perspective we’ll leave it at that.
The most notable tradition of today is the blessing for fruits and herb. In some areas of the world this blessing is extended to include wheat and the harvest of grapes. Personally, I don’t understand the distinction of specifically including grapes. Aren’t they a fruit? So wouldn’t the blessing of fruits and herbs include grapes anyway? Oh well . . .
What better way to honor the day than to prepare an Assumption Salad. Even if you aren’t observing the religious aspect of today, a nice tomato and herb salad is still reason to rejoice in the delicious blessings of nature.
Cherry Tomato Herb Salad
1 qt Cherry Tomatoes
1/4 cup Italian Parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh Basil
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh Oregano
1/4 cup Olive Oil
3 tablespoons White Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Sugar
Cut tomatoes in half an d place tomatoes in a shallow bowl.
Finely chop parsley, set aside. Mince the basil and oregano. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, salt and sugar until blended; stir in herbs.
Pour herb vinaigrette over tomatoes; gently toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.