Tomato Salad


This tomato salad is a mix of colorful grape, cherry, and compari tomatoes in a garlicky red wine vinaigrette.  I use a mix of red, yellow, orange, and brown tomatoes.  I’ve also added cucumbers and feta cheese.  I use an ordinary cucumber because I like the flavor and it produces more juice to co-mingle with the juice from the tomatoes.  You can also use any tomato and dice it up into bite-sized pieces.  I just like the look of the different colors and they do each taste a bit different.  It is also great (maybe even better) with those rolls of mozzarella cheese and prosciutto.  My husband normally eats a tossed green salad every day, so I wanted to try to get him to eat something different.  Now he wants this every day.  C’est la vie…

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Tomato Salad with Garlicky Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1/2 pound mixed color grape and/or cherry tomatoes, quartered lengthwise
  • 1/2 pound compari tomatoes, quartered lengthwise if small or they can be cut in eighths
  • 1/2 cucumber, small dice (I like a regular one)
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled or 2 ounces mozzarella/prosciutto roll, small dice

Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • coarse salt
  • coarsely ground black pepper (you can also use Montreal Steak Seasoning for a short-cut in place of the salt and pepper)
  • pinch of sugar

Instructions

Place salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a lidded jar and give it a good shake.  It is a good idea to make extra vinaigrette as it makes an excellent marinade for meats or vegetables, can be used in pasta or green lettuce salads, and keeps for a long time in the refrigerator.

Use just enough of the vinaigrette to wet the tomatoes and toss.  The tomatoes and cucumber will give off their own juices as well.

Serves 2.