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…
Tomato Salad with Garlicky Vinaigrette
- 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
- 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
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.