Set the Scene for Summer

Summer, a time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family when grilling season finally comes back into play. A time when seasonal produce starts growing strong and the farmers markets are far from scarce. There’s nothing like serving up refreshing summer salads filled with fresh flavors alone or as a side dish to complement any BBQ. 

There are so many different vibrant and delicious types of Village Farms tomatoes to choose from you just can’t go wrong. With just the right amount of sweet and savory to level out your taste buds they are extremely versatile and filled with many health benefits. They are rich in lycopene and full of other essential nutrients and antioxidants. So really what's not to love? What’s even better….you aren’t limited to seasonality. Because Village Farms grows in sustainable greenhouses you can have the taste of summer all year-round.

A few tips for choosing tomatoes - make sure they are firm and deeply colored with a sweet earthy smell. Store them at room temperature for the optimum flavor and lay the larger tomatoes stem side down to keep them fresher longer. Let them ripen so they are slightly soft, juicy and bursting with flavor in my dishes. One of my all-time favorite tomato pairings and a wildly popular meal addition these days is avocado. The sweetness of the tomato mixed with the creaminess of the avocado creates a medley of goodness. Nothing like a good slice of toasted sour dough with mashed avocado and ripe tomato.

Village Farms True Rebel Mix® tomatoes are just right for this recipe because they contain a mix of 4 to 6 exclusive varieties each with a distinct shape and flavor and they create a beautiful and colorful presentation. They are hand-picked at the peak of flavor so each one is simply perfect.

This Grilled Corn, Tomato & Avocado salad with hemp seeds screams everything summer and is filled with refreshing flavors. The smokiness of the grilled corn, the citrusy burst of the lime, the fresh cool flavor of the cilantro and the nuttiness of the hemp seeds combined with the sweet tomato and creaminess of the avocado create a luscious burst of mouthwatering goodness. So grab a bowl and head to the pool – summer has officially arrived!

This post and recipe were created exclusively for Village Farms and originally appeared on Zest my Lemon.

Set the Scene for Summer

Salad story by

Village Farms

Village Farms

Grower / producer

Is it that our produce ripens on the vine longer, allowing the natural sugars to develop more? Or is it that we have the smartest, most passionate growers in the industry? The fact that our... Read more

Want to stay up-to-date? Subscribe to our newsletter!