Cherry Tomato Salad with Garlic and Fresh Herbs, with Variations and Serving Suggestions
This is a salad born for summer with fresh herbs and tomatoes plentiful. You could just cut up regular tomatoes but it is so attractive to nestle the little red and/or yellow globes into a butter lettuce cup. Oh my....just lovely.
You could make this using shallots with chives which I almost did this morning but the fragrance of that basil I have planted outside every door of my home and in the garden just got to me! I find the scent of basil heavenly mingled with the aroma of growing tomato plants. Heck, I could toss this salad atop a freshly baked pizza and be in heaven.
Ingredients for Cherry Tomato Salad with Garlic and Fresh Herbs:
4 T. good extra virgin olive oil
5-6 cloves fresh garlic finely minced
1 quart fresh cherry tomatoes washed and halved ( nice to vary the color but lovely all red ripe)
16-18 fresh washed basil leaves chiffonade
freshly ground black pepper
1 T. balsamic vinegar
Yield 1 quart tomato salad.