My folks love tomatoes. Any tomatoes. Me, I’m a sucker for a fresh garden tomato and otherwise they leave me cold. So when I come across tomatoes that could use a little help, I jazz them up a bit. Not that these lovelies in the photos needed any help, mind you.
This simple little cherry tomato salad takes minutes to make and takes any tomato over the top. While I used this beautiful mix of cherry tomatoes today, this is just as good with plain old cherry tomatoes or a large tomato cut in chunks. If the tomatoes are very juicy, toss them in a strainer for a few minutes..
I loosely based the dressing on my Bell Pepper and Tomato Salad, which I originally loosely based on a Turkish salad, Ezme. Think of this salad like a Catalina dressing with a bit of a kick from Sweet Chili Sauce. I love that stuff and sneak it into all kinds of things.
The other surprise? Ketchup. Yep. I usually use tomato paste for things like this, but the cupboard was bare! So inspiration hit. Maybe that’s not so far off when Cook’s Illustrate uses ketchup in their Catalina Dressing! If it’s good enough for Cook’s, it’s good enough for me. 🙂
If you have an Aldi nearby, check them out. They’re so easy to get in and out of and they often have little surprises you wouldn’t think you’d find in a discount store – like these tomatoes.
Cherry Tomato Salad
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half (or equivalent in tomato chunks), strained if very juicy
- 1 or two green onions, thinly sliced
- about 1/4 to 1/3 cup ketchup
- about 1/4 to 1/3 cup Sweet Chili Sauce (or go by taste)
- a tablespoon red wine vinegar
- salt & pepper to taste
- pinch of sugar, optional
Mix dressing ingredients together, add to tomatoes and toss. Best if it sits for a little while.
Note: I like the dressing to be just a bit more highly flavored and salted than expected; by the time it mingles with the tomatoes it will be just right.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 1 g||2 %|
|Saturated Fat 0 g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 324 mg||14 %|
|Potassium 172 mg||5 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 11 g||4 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1 g||3 %|
|Sugars 8 g|
|Protein 0 g||0 %|
|Vitamin A||12 %|
|Vitamin C||15 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been|