My Herb Garden Salad with Golden Cherry Tomatoes

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Author Notes: This is an easy salad that is from my garden, or, you can find the same fresh herbs at the local farmers' market. The cherry tomatoes are the first tomatoes in my garden to ripen and they produce prodigiously all summer long. The salad can be enjoyed alone or piled on grilled meat or fish. (last night I had it on grilled lamb) The important thing when preparing the herbs is to painstakingly remove each leaf from its' stem so that the result is not bitter. The tomatoes not only contrast beautifully in color with the herbs, they also contribute a burst of acidity to the salad.dymnyno

Serves 6

  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup Italian parsley leaves, minced
  • 1/2 cup oregano leaves, minced
  • 1 cup basil leaves, minced
  • 1 cup mint leaves, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar (I make my own vinegar which is very balanced and mild)
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  1. After you have minced the parsley, oregano, mint and basil , mix in the oil, vinegar and red pepper flakes.
  2. Put the cherry tomatoes into a large zip lock (freezer strength) baggie and using the flat side of a meat hammer, break all the tomatoes up. You can also use your hands to do this.(it's like popping bubble wrap)
  3. Pour the tomatoes and all their juices into the herbal mixture and mix up with a fork. Salt and Pepper to taste.
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Tags: basil, cherry tomatoes, garlic, oregano, parsley,mint, summer salad

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over 2 years ago jgboston

Made this for an al fresco dinner and my leftovers I added red wheat berries and baby spinach and it was a great lunch! Even better second day!

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over 2 years ago dymnyno

Thanks. I am not so patiently waiting for my own tomatoes to get growing!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yum! How did I miss this?!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Love this!!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

A great medley of herbs for the tomatoes. This is my kind of salad, too!

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Thanks!! simple and very healthy...my doctor calls this "free food".

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

I love this, Mary, a recipe that will work with so many meats, pasta, etc. We will try it this week over grilled chicken breasts. Beautiful! And I can vouch for the glorious Constant wines too...

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Tonight instead of meat, I sliced an avocado and put this over it.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I'm pretty sure I could eat this whole batch myself! It looks amazing and I can imagine the combo of herbs with the bursting sweet cherry tomatoes. Love!

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Thanks, I have been making this regularly since my little tomatoes started ripening. It's great on pasta too.

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Gorgeous salad, definitely making this one. I so envy you having homemade red wine vinegar, I would love to know how to make it.

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Making vinegar is very easy...and I am lucky enough to have a Constant supply of great red wine to use.