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Simple Marinated Tomatoes are soaked in extra virgin olive oil, white vinegar, garlic, onion, lemon juice along with fresh herbs. This creates a zesty, fresh side dish, a topping on bruschetta or poached fish. 

Simple Marinated Tomatoes in a bowl

SIMPLE MARINATED TOMATOES

When I have end of summer tomatoes I love making these Simple Marinated Tomatoes. It is a great recipe to eat as a side dish or a topping on seafood, chicken or steak. The flavors that infuse into the tomatoes are light but flavorful. 

You can easily add additional fresh herbs to this recipe including fresh basil, oregano and thyme. I love making a big batch of this and using it throughout the week.

As summer winds down and fall rolls around I always have these type of recipes on rotation including my favorite Ratatouille, this Easy Lebanese Salad and this Tomato Feta Orzo Salad. All are great ways to use up those summer tomatoes. 

Simple Marinated Tomatoes in a jar

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN MARINATED CHERRY TOMATOES?

TOMATOES: This is my favorite recipe to make at the end of summer when I have abundance of tomatoes from the garden. You can make this any time of the year though by buying cherry tomatoes at the store. I like to buy small cherry tomatoes but you could also use chopped tomatoes. 

OLIVE OIL AND VINEGAR: The extra virgin and olive oil and the white vinegar help create the flavorful sauce that the tomatoes marinate in. I suggest using a good extra virgin olive oil but feel free to use whatever you have on hand. 

LEMON JUICE: The acidity of the lemon juice helps to tenderize the tomatoes and create a slightly sweet flavor in the finished dish. 

ONION AND GARLIC: I love adding onion and garlic, especially red onion. If you don’t have these on hand you can skip it but it does add nice flavor. If you really like garlic try adding more! 

FRESH HERBS: Fresh herbs finish off the marinade and create fresh flavor. I added fresh parsley but you can also add fresh chopped basil, oregano and thyme. 

Simple Marinated Tomatoes with spoon

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS MARINATED TOMATOES RECIPE?

Slice your tomatoes into halves or quarters and place them in a mixing bowl. Add the garlic to the bowl.

Simple Marinated Tomatoes in a white bowl

Slice the onion into thin strips and add to the bowl.

Simple Marinated Tomatoes with onion

Add the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, parsley, and salt & pepper to the bowl, then gently toss everything to combine.

Simple Marinated Tomatoes with olive oil

Cover the bowl or put the tomato mixture into a mason jar and cover and let the mixture marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before serving.

This is a great topping for poached fish, a salad, or bruschetta and enjoy!

Simple Marinated Tomatoes with herbs

TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS 

  • If using larger tomatoes than the cherry variety, be sure to toss super carefully when coating with the liquids or else you may end up with a mushy, murky mixture.
  • For an extra pop of intense flavor, replace the white vinegar with balsamic, if desired.
  • Lasts for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature before serving again if the mixture has been refrigerated.
  • Don’t want to throw out the extra marinade after you’ve used all of the veggies? It makes for a delicious salad dressing! You can also use the same marinade to prepare a second batch of tomatoes if desired.

Simple Marinated Tomatoes with spoon

HOW CAN I USE THESE TOMATOES?

This recipe is the perfect topping for so many dishes or even just as a Marinated Tomato Salad on the side of your dinner. Here are few ways I like to use these Marinated Tomatoes. 

I love adding the marinated tomatoes to this Goat Cheese Dip in place of the tomatoes that the recipe calls for. Goat cheese and tomatoes are a match made in heaven! 

These tomatoes are the perfect topping for this Baked Cod with Lemon or this Black Sea Bass Recipe

Marinated tomatoes are also great as a topping to steak. I love this Asian Marinated Flank Steak or this Grilled Ribeye Steak

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Simple Marinated Tomatoes

Simple Marinated Tomatoes

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (or other small garden tomatoes)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or chopped
  • 1 small red or white onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 Tablespoons)
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley (or 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

    1. Slice your tomatoes into halves or quarters and place them in a mixing bowl.
    2. Add the garlic to the bowl.
    3. Slice the onion into thin strips and add to the bowl.
    4. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, parsley, and salt & pepper to the bowl, then gently toss everything to combine.
    5. Cover the bowl or put the tomato mixture into a mason jar and cover and let the mixture marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before serving.
    6. This is a great topping for poached fish, a salad, or bruschetta and enjoy!

Notes

  • If using larger tomatoes than the cherry variety, be sure to toss super carefully when coating with the liquids or else you may end up with a mushy, murky mixture.
  • For an extra pop of intense flavor, replace the white vinegar with balsamic, if desired.
  • Lasts for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature before serving again if the mixture has been refrigerated.
  • Don’t want to throw out the extra marinade after you’ve used all of the veggies? It makes for a delicious salad dressing!
  • You can also use the same marinade to prepare a second batch of tomatoes if desired.
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