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The Best Tomato Salad

The best tomato salad starts with my friends’ home-garden-grown Kuwaiti tomatoes, little tiny cherry ones, that we cut in half. We mix up some of the best olive oil and balsamic vinegar, we cut some fresh basil leaves from their garden and chop them and throw them in.

Then we add cubes of this:


We grind fresh salt and fresh pepper, add the dressing, and oh! It is almost a meal in itself. Perfect with “sheem” and rice and zucchini. Coffee in the garden, while the nights are still so moderate and pleasant.

If there is someone making fresh mozarella in Kuwait, I haven’t been able to find him/her. This is about as close as I have been able to come. It is horrifyingly expensive, and worth every fil. You find it at the Sultan Center, in the dairy section.

April 25, 2007 - Posted by | Cooking, Diet / Weight Loss, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Recipes


  1. Ay, ay, ay. The salad sounds delish. But a note of caution: I’ve bought fresh mozzarella (bufala) only to come home and find it was rotten, or on the verge of going bad. In Kuwait, Santa Lucia tends to be the worst when it comes to not being so fresh. Also beware of ricotta, especially Figo or Frigo (U.S. brand). I brought a tub home and when I took the lid off, there was green mold on top of the cheese. Oh, oh, and there’s a Greek strained yogurt (Kolios?) that was also moldy when I got it home. I should write a post about all of this. Hehe.

    Comment by Stinni | April 25, 2007 | Reply

  2. Does your friend know you steal tomatoes?

    Comment by Purgatory | April 25, 2007 | Reply

  3. Stinni – ACK! Ack! Ack!

    Mold? Rotten? It’s never happened to me! Not yet! Ack! Ack! Ack! Just the thought is SO repulsive. Thanks for the warning.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 25, 2007 | Reply

  4. Purg – He BEGS me to steal his tomatoes, and he throws in the fresh basil as incentive! Seriously, he is very generous, and his tomatoes are indescribably tasty.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 25, 2007 | Reply

  5. hmm, I wonder why, no one is that generous, I would investigate deeper.

    Comment by Purgatory | April 25, 2007 | Reply

  6. that sounds quite nice.

    mozarella isnt exactly local here to yeah freshness is questionable.

    but try some of the local arabic cheeses they make. most are from not too far away like jordan or lebanon or saudi, and since the locals consume lots its normally pretty fresh. sultan sells a bunch of different feta cheeses, or you could check out your local co-opertive.

    lately i been eating the low fat greek feta from sultan, sprinkled with pepper and oregano on a salad with olive oil 😛

    Comment by skunk | April 25, 2007 | Reply

  7. Purg – He knows that the secret to great wealth is “freely freely you have received, freely freely GIVE.” Everything you give comes back a hundred-fold.

    SKUNK – I adore Halloumi! But with tomato and basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh ground pepper . . . it’s gotta be mozzarella. Otherwise, it’s just not right! And mediochre mozarella is awful, but this (which seemed fresh enough, even if not local) was pretty good. but now Stinni has me worried, and I’m going to be checking closely for freshness.

    Low fat Greek feta . . . .Yummmmm.. . . I think I’m hungry . . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 25, 2007 | Reply

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