Thursday, September 15, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad

This year we hit the cherry tomato jackpot! I planted one little plant and so far we have harvested at least 4 cups of some of the sweetest and tastiest cherry tomatoes I have ever eaten.

Aside from putting them in a green salad, I am kinda out of ideas. I searched my recipe box, magazine articles and the Internet and found this gem. It's a perfect end of summer salad/side dish.


Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad


1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (you could also use a red wine vinegar)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (if they are really big, quarter them)
1 cup bocconcini mozzerella


In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, vinegar, herbs, salt, pepper and sugar.

Pour dressing over the cherry tomatoes and gently stir to coat, then add cheese and stir again. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let flavors build. Gently re-stir before serving.

Images courtesy of Google Images; my tomato plant is starting to look beat down
Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes; slightly adapted