Not only is the tomato the most versatile of vegetables; there is none other with more perceptible differences in flavor and texture. Off season they are tasteless, but when summer comes they are something to feast upon. The small cherry tomatoes which are available even during the winter months have a surprising depth of flavor and make a colorful garnish for almost any green salad.
The most elegant way of serving any tomato, large or small, is to peel it in advance. This is easily done if the tomatoes are dipped quickly into boiling water and allowed to stand for precisely ten seconds. If they stand longer than that, they start to cook and their texture is spoiled. Remove them from the water and skin them with a paring knife. The operation is not as tedious as it may sound.