Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It's Hip to be Square (or Tomato Egg Salad with Basil Onion Dressing)

Can you see it? There's a surprise hiding inside the tomato. Here- I'll show you.

Here's a little item I picked up at a local thrift store. Too funny.

And it does this. Too cute.

So I did this. 
What would you have done with a cute square egg?

Tomato Egg Salad with Basil Onion Dressing

You'll need:
1 small/medium sized tomato and 1 hard-boiled egg for each serving
mixed salad greens
Onion Basil Dressing
  • Make Onion Basil Dressing (Recipe follows.)
  • Wash tomatoes. 
  • Slice each egg into uniform slices. (I used an egg slicer.)
  • Make vertical slices in each tomato, matching the number of egg slices. Cuts should go almost but not all the way through to the bottom (stem end) of the tomato. Gently fan the slices of the tomato.
  • Carefully place egg slices into openings in the tomato.
  • Place on a bed of greens and top with dressing.
Onion Basil Dressing
Recipe from my friend Carolyn, who served this lovely dressing over a plate full of heirloom tomatoes.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon chopped onion (to taste)
handful of fresh basil leaves
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Place all dressing ingredients into bowl of small food processor or blender. Blend until combined.


  1. What a great presentation! Looks yummy, too... I don't know about the square egg, though :)

  2. It is beautiful, love the square egg. My daughter would be impressed with a square egg for sure.

  3. What a creative presentation. I love eggs and tomatoes during these warm summer months, and my family might not mind us eating them again if they looked this cute!

  4. A sqyare egg cooker is definitely a novelty. How fun is that:D

  5. This is a lovely dish. When I first looked I thought it was a caprese salad. This was a lovely surprise and I might add a great idea. I hope you are having a fabulous day. Blessings...Mary.

  6. Square egg? That is funny :-) Your salad looks fabulous...really great for this warm days.

  7. That is absolutely adorable! At first glance it looked like it was mozzarella cheese, then I realized it was egg. It sounds delicious!

  8. wow absolutely brilliant and looks fabulous as well!


  9. Too cute!! I have never seen a square egg before!! The salad looks beautiful!!

  10. Isn't that packaging funny? What a great find! Love discoveries like this. And it looks so great in your salad! Everyone would think it was cheese.

  11. What an absolutely fabulous gem!!!
    At first I thought is was some kind of joke.

    Love that basil dressing. I just finished preparing my roasted garlic and may just substitute the onion.

    Have a great weekend and flavourful wishes,

  12. What a beautiful presentation!

  13. Whoa that is crazy! How does it do that?? The presentation is just gorgeous. This would make for an excellent lunch!

  14. I am following you back! This is the prettiest tomato mozarella salad that I have ever seen. I just made a basil mayo that I put on BLTs but yours sounds much better with the onion and the olive oil.

  15. Great presentation and a creative thing! It looks delicious! I'm a new follower and so happy to find your blog with all its great recipes! Looking forward to what's next!

  16. hee-stericle! a square egg! I have to show this post to the older gentleman that we get our eggs from.. he is always joking that the ladies (the chickens) go through so much work to give us eggs! He calls their eggs "Labor of Love Eggs" What a find and a fantastic salad!

  17. Oh, that's too funny! Haha! What a lovely way to use a square egg... That salad looks yummy, but I don't know if I could get past the unusual shape of the egg! ;)

    Also, if you’re interested, I’m having a silicone muffin pan giveaway on my blog – You should enter!

  18. So cool! Looks like a caprese salad.

  19. That egg "squarer" is a hoot! I see from your comment on my blog that you son is in Chicago. Did you notice that I am too? It's a great place but it's not Virginia!! I'm so looking forward to my annual October sojourn back to my Old Dominion!!

    Have a great weekend!


  20. what a great presentation!! wow a square egg....great job with the salad!

  21. I would love one of those; so cute. But your salad looks lovely; great presentation.

  22. That looks delicious. I know what I'll be looking for in the aisles of my supermarket now ! EGG CUBBER

  23. I LOVE this presentation! would have never ever thought about presenting a Caprese like this. Thanks for sharing. Great blog!

  24. Oh my gosh, I love the square egg thingy. And I love the packaging on the tool...poor chicken. I wonder what else you could pass through this tool? I'd be cubing everything in sight. Square mozzarella balls, square ...ok, I'm out of ideas, but still, so fun! And the salad looks really yummy too! Great find.


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