Fresh Garlic with Garden Tomatoes

(courtesy of Arnold Carbone, Glorious Garlic Farm of Washoe Valley, Nev. Serves 2 as a side dish)

1 large, fresh garden tomato

1 medium-sized clove fresh garlic, chopped fine (softneck varieties work well)

2 fresh basil leaves, chopped chiffonade style

Extra-virgin olive oil

Red wine vinegar

Pinch each salt and pepper

Optional: ⅛ cup fresh mozzarella slices, or chunks of Feta or Romano cheese

Slice tomatoes about ¼-inch thick and arrange on a flat plate. Sprinkle chopped garlic and basil evenly over tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar. If adding cheese, make sure only to add a small amount, so as not to overpower the flavor of the fresh tomato.

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