These herb and balsamic marinated tomatoes take only 15 minutes! They are coated with fresh herbs like thyme, chives, and basil, and a medley of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic help bring all of the flavors together. What better way to take advantage of all of the amazing summer tomatoes than to serve it as this delicious side dish!
Growing up, tomatoes were a staple in our house. My dad would dress them with Italian dressing and make a delicious, fresh meal out of them. My mom usually had a garden, either in pots or in raised beds so fresh tomatoes were never very hard to get in the summer. If you have a chance to get home-grown tomatoes, or tomatoes from a farmers market, then go for it! They are amazingly juicy and flavorful and usually much better quality than the varieties you find in the store.
I used a mixture of rainbow cherry tomatoes and large vine-ripened tomatoes to give the mixture a little variety, and the different colors look so pretty! I love the flavors that the chives, basil, and thyme give, but i’ve found that thyme can be rather strong so I used only half the amount compared to the the other two herbs.
I would recommend not making the herb and balsamic marinated tomatoes ahead of time, because the herbs and tomatoes are delicate and break down easily once cut. Plus, the oil and and vinegar will accelerate that process. These tomatoes are best when prepared fresh!
- I have found other recipes that use red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar to marinate the tomatoes. You can definitely try those if you would like; however, the flavor will change significantly as each vinegar has a distinct taste. Balsamic is my favorite!
- 4 large, vine-ripened tomatoes
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh chives, minced
- 1½ teaspoons fresh basil, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Wash all of the tomatoes. Slice the large ones and halve the cherry tomatoes. Place the tomatoes, minced herbs, garlic, vinegar, oil, and salt in a large mixing bowl and turn the tomatoes to thoroughly coat them in the mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes so the flavors can meld together. Serve immediately!