Saturday, October 8, 2011

Balsamic Marinated Tomato Salad

I recently discovered a delicious, healthy and flavorful way to create a salad dressing that is oh so much better than bottled dressings. I marinate tomatoes in balsamic vinegar with a sprinkle of sugar, and let them set on the counter to soak. The tomatoes get sweet and packed with flavor as the balsamic draws out the moisture. The marinated tomatoes are great on salad drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and are also delicious on grilled bread. Enjoy this healthy meal!

Balsamic Marinated Tomato Salad
An easy marinade that doubles as a salad dressing!
Makes 1 large salad

For the salad:
2 cups salad greens, such as romaine
2 T. red onion, minced
1/4 cup avocado, diced
Crumbled goat cheese
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper

For the marinated tomatoes:
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
2 T. fresh parsley or basil, chopped

2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
Place the halved tomatoes to a small bowl along with fresh herbs. Add the balsamic vinegar and sugar, and stir to combine. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

Spread out the salad greens on a large plate and top with the onions, goat cheese and avocado. Drizzle with the olive oil, then use a slotted spoon to scoop the tomatoes out of the bowl on top of the salad- avoid taking all of the water. Sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Serve with grilled bread.

Recipe by Sarah Lang

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