tomato salad

Tomato Salad

Fresh summer tomatoes with a tomato marmalade dressing. The salad is slightly sweet and packed with tomato flavor.


Tomato Salad

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Summer is here and that means one thing: tomatoes! About now is when you should start seeing really ripe red tomatoes in the stores and farmer’s markets.

This is a salad that actually adapted from a restaurant I used to work at although I’m sure my version is slightly different just because I don’t have the exact recipe. But the idea is the same.

Instead of using a normal vinaigrette or something for this salad, the dressing is a tomato marmalade with ripe cherry tomatoes, rosemary, and red wine vinegar. Tossing the greens in a tablespoon or two of this gives the whole salad a very rich tomato taste.

Tomato Salad

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Fresh summer tomatoes with a tomato marmalade dressing. The salad is slightly sweet and packed with tomato flavor.


Tomato Marmalade:
1 pint ripe cherry tomatoes
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/3 Cup sugar
2 Cups water
Pinch of salt
2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
Rest of the salad:
Ripe Roma tomatoes (or your favorite tomato.  Heirloom tomatoes would also rock.)
Fresh basil
Toasted bread
Sprinkle of sea or kosher salt
Mozzarella Cheese (optional)

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1) Add all your marmalade ingredients except red wine vinegar to a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Bring mixture to a boil.

2) Remove rosemary sprigs from mixture when it starts to boil and turn heat down to low.

3) Simmer for about an hour.  As it simmers, crush tomatoes with a spatula or fork to break them up.

4) After it has thickened substantially, remove from heat and add your red wine vinegar to taste.

5) Once it is cooled, toss a Tablespoon or two of marmalade with greens for the salad.  Then top with cut tomatoes and basil.  You could also add mozzarella cheese to it.

Making the Marmalade

You could make this savory marmalade a few days or even a week in advance. It stores beautifully. Not that it’ll last that long though because it’s very tasty.

Marmalade Ingredients

In a medium saucepan, add all your ingredients except the red wine vinegar and get it cooking over high heat.

Your tomatoes should be covered completely with water. If not, add more water.

Cooking down…

Once this comes to a boil, remove your rosemary sprigs from the pan. They will have given off a lot of flavor and you don’t want the large sprigs in your final product.

Once it’s boiling, move your temperature down to low so it’s simmering and let this cook down for about an hour. After a few minutes of boiling you should be able to mush up the tomatoes which should help the cooking process.

This is after about 30 or 40 minutes of simmering:

getting there
Almost done…

Once it gets down to almost a syrupy consistency, kill the heat and add in your red wine vinegar to taste. For me this was about 2 Tablespoons but you could use more or less.

Let this cool completely for an hour or two. Once it’s room temperature it should be pretty thick.

Cool and slightly thick.

Making the Salad

Once your marmalade is made, the salad is pretty simple.

A few basic ingredients should do the trick. Again, the key to this salad is getting really good tomatoes!

You could add some mozz if you wanted.

Add some greens to a bowl and toss in a Tablespoon or two of the tomato marmalade. A little goes a long way so don’t over-do it! Give the greens a good toss to coat everything.

a light coating
A little goes a long way.

You could serve this a number of different ways, but I cut my tomatoes into wedges and added them on top of the greens along with some basil.

If you wanted to do a Caprese type thing, you could add some mozzarella cheese to the finished salad. I also served this with a nice toasted piece of bird seed bread!

salad done
Good summer flavors!

The nice thing about this recipe is that you’ll probably have leftover tomato marmalade. It’s good on toast or an english muffin. In fact, if I made this again, I might just make a double batch of that stuff. It was awesome.

If you’re looking for a good way to use some nice fresh summer tomatoes, give this a shot!

10 Responses to “Tomato Salad” Leave a comment

  1. Looks real tempting. I'm hoping ripe jersey toms will suffice too

    Can't wait for my to get ready

    Have a great summer. Take easy with this crazy heat

  2. Looks worthy of saving and using for more jars this canning season – I'm overjoyed to see you are not frightened by the skins – that's where the major flavor and nutrients are stored – nice stuff! I think I'll take the caprese thing a step further and add some chunks of "aged" sourdough bread too.

    1. Oh yea… the skins are where it's at! No way I'd get rid of those. Plus skinning a bunch of cherry tomatoes is not my idea of a good time.

  3. Made this tonight and adored it!!! But it is so very sweet—I used a mix of cherry and heirloom tomatoes which I picked today and rosemary from the garden—am thinking maybe this should be part of a dessert plate–avocado mousse, tomato marmalade, zucchini babycake??? Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. Yea… you could definitely decrease the sugar if you want something a bit more tart. I guess maybe it’d be best to start with less sugar and add more if you want it sweeter! ;)

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