(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

4 plum tomatoes, diced
2 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced (see note below)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/8 tsp each – kosher salt, black pepper, dried basil & dried oregano
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Lightly toasted French bread slices

    • Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano.
    • Add vinegar and oil.
    • Toss gently. Adjust seasonings to taste, cover, and chill at least 2 hours.
    • Serve on the bread slices.


      • tsp. means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
      • If the tomatoes are very juicy, you may want to drain off a little of the liquid before adding to the other ingredients
      • Green onions also called scallions have three separate parts: the tops, which are green, the bottom which is white, and the bulb/beard which is the very very end of the green onion.  The white part of the green onion has the most flavor, and the green is great as a colorful garnish.  The one part you don’t use is the very end of the bulb with the “beard”
      • Remember that dried herbs are much more  potent than fresh herbs.

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department.