Winter and tomato…. two words that generally don’t go together. Let me explain the reasoning behind my Winter Tomato Salad.
Winter Tomato Salad uses multi-colored cherry tomatoes, lots of garlic, good olive oil and basil to make a tasty side dish recipe perfect for the winter months.
Florida and California are the largest US growers of tomatoes and while during the winter months, they are still grown domestically, they don’t seem to have the flavor as extreme heat grown tomatoes.
Even if they are breed in a hot house, the flavor just isn’t there. Or maybe it is just the nostalgia from summer that is missing. Am I alone in this?
It seems my tummy doesn’t know the difference because regardless of the time of year, I crave tomatoes. During the summer I can venture out to the farmer’s market and take a bite of tomato just like an apple, but the winter variety needs are little more attention.
So I add fresh garlic and basil. Lots of it. Way more than I would if I had fresh summer tomato, that is for sure! This Winter Tomato Salad will keep vampires away, which is an added bonus.
Winter Tomato Salad also has enough vinegar and olive oil to add flavor, while still getting my tomato fix. Come summer, this recipe will go back to the cupboard, but for now, it is a weekly affair for dinner side and make-ahead lunches.
While Winter Tomato Salad tastes best when it has a few hours to marinate, you can also serve it immediately. Another bonus: this is a no-cook recipe. Yippee!
Another tip for the best winter tomato salad is to use a variety of colors and types. Each type of tomato will have a different sweetness and acidity level, so using a blend creates intrigue and balance.
If you love tomatoes the way I do, check these tomato side dishes out:
- 2 cups grape tomatoes halved or quartered
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
- 3-8 garlic cloves finely chopped (I really, really like garlic, if you don't, scale back)
- 2 scallions white and greens, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons basil shredded
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss, cover and chill for a minimum of 4 hours or up to 3 days.
Drain excess liquid before serving. Enjoy your winter tomato salad!
If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!