MARINATED TOMATOES WITH MOZARELLA
I can’t believe I have never thought to marinate my tomatoes before! These tomato slices were the perfect side dish for dinner on this busy and HOT 90 degree day. I didn’t want to heat up the house too much so a cold side dish was a must when I was planning dinner.
These marinated tomatoes with mozzarella disappeared quickly and all of us thought they were delicious.
The herbs gave such a great flavor and the balsamic added the perfect amount of tangy sweet goodness and I loved the creamy bits of mozzarella. If you have a ton of fresh garden tomatoes – try marinating them!
Cut the tomatoes into thick slices and arrange in a single layer in a large shallow dish.
Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, shallot, garlic, parsley, basil, oregano, and honey together in a bowl; whisk until well combined. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
Pour the vinaigrette evenly over the tomato slices. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside on the counter for 1-2 hours.
Serve with mozzarella bits on top and season with a bit more freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Enjoy.
INGREDIENTS LIST FOR THE MARINATED TOMATOES RECIPE
§ 4-5 tomatoes (on the vine), sliced ½-inch thick
§ 1/3 cup (85ml) extra-virgin olive oil
§ 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
§ 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
§ 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
§ 1 large clove (or two small cloves) garlic, finely minced or crushed
§ 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley, plus additional for garnish
§ 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil, plus additional for garnish
§ 1 (16 oz.) log of fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
§ Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
§ 1. Cut the tomatoes into 1/2-inch thick slices and arrange in a single layer in a large, shallow dish.
§ 2. In a jar, combine oil, balsamic, honey, onion, garlic, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Close the lid and shake vigorously to emulsify and pour over the tomatoes in the dish.
§ 3. Cover and marinate for 2 to 3 hours on the counter or more in the refrigerator. Bring chilled tomatoes to room temperature before serving and garnish with mozzarella and additional chopped fresh herbs, if you want. Enjoy!