Make Ahead

My Herb Garden Salad with Golden Cherry Tomatoes

August 14, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 6
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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10 Reviews

jgboston May 23, 2012
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!
dymnyno May 23, 2012
Thanks. I am not so patiently waiting for my own tomatoes to get growing!
drbabs August 25, 2011
Yum! How did I miss this?!
gingerroot August 25, 2011
Love this!!
Sagegreen August 14, 2011
A great medley of herbs for the tomatoes. This is my kind of salad, too!
dymnyno August 15, 2011
Thanks!! simple and very doctor calls this "free food".
Lizthechef August 14, 2011
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...
dymnyno August 15, 2011
Tonight instead of meat, I sliced an avocado and put this over it.
hardlikearmour August 14, 2011
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!
dymnyno August 14, 2011
Thanks, I have been making this regularly since my little tomatoes started ripening. It's great on pasta too.