I have an abundance of cherry tomatoes and herbs in my garden this summer, and this recipe is one of my favorite ways to use them. It combines fresh summer flavors into an easy, healthy side that complements many meals. It's so fast to throw it together. Just make sure you allow enough time for it to marinate for a couple of hours before eating it.
A winter salad, too! Fortunately, cherry tomatoes are available year round in most grocery stores, and they maintain their flavor and texture in off season months much better that regular tomatoes. So this salad isn't just for summer; you can enjoy it throughout the year.
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:
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Step 2. Slice each tomato in half. The fastest and easiest way to cut a bunch of them at once is to sandwich them between two rimmed, flat plastic lids as pictured below. You can read more details about this timesaving technique in my post: Easy Way To Cut Cherry Tomatoes.
It only took seconds to cut all of the tomatoes for this salad.
Step 3. Mince the rosemary and chop the basil and parsley.
Step 4. Mix the olive oil, vinegar and fresh herbs first. (This will coat the herbs and help prevent them from darkening.) Then pour the dressing over the cut tomatoes; gently stir to combine.
Step 5. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours; 4 hours is even better. You can even make this the day before.
Before serving, give the salad a good stir and add salt and pepper to taste. I love how this simple dressing is the perfect complement to the fresh tomatoes and herbs. It's so easy and tastes amazing.
It's easy to turn it into bruschetta! Simply cut the tomatoes into smaller pieces before marinating. Spoon the mixture onto toasted slices of a baguette, and you've got bruschetta.
Optional add-ins. There are many possible tasty additions to this salad. Here are a few of my favorites.
I seldom make this exactly the same way twice. It's fun to try new twists and add-ins. Here's the salad I just made with pine nuts sprinkled on just before serving. Total yum.
But, most often, I'm a purest and eat it without add-ins. The tomatoes and fresh herbs are flavorful enough to stand alone.
Make it a Yummy day!