a peek inside the fishbowl

02 Jul, 2007

The Fishbowl summertime eating series – Recipe #4 – Prosciutto, Tomato and Bocconcini Salad

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

In my world summer = tomatoes.

Sarah and I are the only ones who eat tomatoes in our house, so I only buy enough for the two of us.

Right now I’ve been eating a lot of open-faced tomato sandwiches for lunch: lightly toasted whole grain bread with a schmear of Olivina, thick slices of tomatoes, thin slices of red onion and a good shake of salt and finely ground pepper.

We planted only one tomato plant this year, any more than that and we get more than we can possibly consume. One year I planted a four-pack’s worth of tiny tomato plants and we were crazy overloaded with tomatoes. I like to refer to that time as The Summer of Tomato Sauce. We couldn’t use them all fast enough.

I hope our one plant is going to give us a good crop, because I want enough to make as many tomato sandwiches as I want. I kind of regret not planting a cherry-tomato. It would have been perfect for the salad I’m sharing with you today.

This recipe is a great addition to a summery meal.

Prosciutto, Tomato and Bocconcini Salad

250 g cherry-sized bocconcini cheese, sliced in half
1 pkg. grape (or cherry) tomatoes, sliced in half
½ cup olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
¼ red onion, thinly sliced
6 slices prosciutto
½ cup basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste

  •  place sliced tomatoes in a bowl and add sliced onion
  • add sliced bocconcini to the tomato mixture
  • in a separate bowl add olive oil, balsamic, lemon juice, salt and pepper and whisk.
  • pour over salad and gently toss
  • cover and chill for 1 hour
  • pre-heat oven to 300
  • place the prosciutto on a baking sheet, place in oven for 5-7 minutes or until prosciutto is brittle, let cool and break into pieces
  • 10 minutes before serving, take salad out of the refrigerator, tear basil leaves and add to salad.
  • toss salad one more time (there will be extra dressing accumulated on the bottom) drain extra dressing, and serve on bed of greens, top with prosciutto. 

Tomorrow: more tomatoes!

1 Response to "The Fishbowl summertime eating series – Recipe #4 – Prosciutto, Tomato and Bocconcini Salad"

1 | Lunch as Therapy II >> a peek inside the fishbowl

June 16th, 2009 at 8:08 am


[…] simple as almond butter with sliced bananas and a tall glass of milk. It could be a spicy soup, a yummy salad, boiled eggs, leafy greens with a thick slice of fresh bread and gooey cheese, whatever, BUT it […]

comment form:


Have a great summer at Saunders Farm!

Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa

terra20 Ottawa

Expert lice removal services in Ottawa with Lice Services Canada

Click me!


Stay in touch

Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Subscribe via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • SJM: My father sent epic care packages when I was at Uni - one per term. It included a 6 pack of beer and lots of food. This was when postage was much chea
  • andrea tomkins: I KNOW. It's crazy that we are now the parents of an adult. I can hardly believe it myself most days! :)
  • Allison: What!!??!! How is your daughter in university?!! That just cannot be!!! So glad to hear she is adjusting well and having fun and enjoying her classes
  • andrea tomkins: Great ideas Joy! Especially the POST-its! They're actually an expensive purchase for a student, so they'd make a nice addition to a care package.
  • joy: cute and fun - I would love to receive things like this! How about notebooks, magazines, post-it notes, seasonal treats, lip balms, gift cards for fav
  • andrea tomkins: Ooh! Good one Alison! A good (long!) phone charge cord could be welcome as well.
  • Alison in Ottawa: Another pair of ear phones. My daughter can never keep track of them.

The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!


E-book alert!

Shopping Embargo e-book promo

My right hand is actually a camera

Connect with me at these places too!

Piper is on Instagram

On the nightstand

All hail the mighty Twitter