Tomato Tuesday: Fresh & Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Zucchini & Balsamic Vinegar

Today’s Tomato Tuesday, Fresh & Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Zucchini & Balsamic Vinegar, is a fast, easy and delicious salad featuring two of summer’s most prolific vegetables — tomatoes and zucchini.  Simple, colorful and no-cook — perfect for getting in and out of the kitchen quickly during the hot days of summer. The sun-dried or oven-dried tomatoes ( which, as we all know, you can easily make at home) add a sweet, smokey flavor to the salad — don’t leave these out.    The dressing may seem simple initially — balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper — but the secret to flavor is patience.   Let the salad sit at room temperatue for 30 – 60 minutes so the juices of the tomato and the smokeyness of the sun-dried tomato meld with the oil and vinegar.

This recipe serves four and is adapted from Saint Louis Days Saint Louis Nights, A culinary tour of the Gateway City presented by Junior League of St. Louis.

Ingredients

1 lb tomatoes, cut into thin wedges

1/2 lb zucchini, sliced in two lengthwise and then cut into 1/4″ slices

6 sun-dried tomato halves (in oil), cut into thin strips

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Method

Place tomatoes, zucchini and sun-dried tomato halves in a bowl.  In a small bowl whisk together extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.  Pour dressing over tomatoes, zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes.

Tips

  • Use heirloom or yellow tomatoes to add more color to this salad.
  • Substitute sun-dried tomatoes for homemade oven-dried tomatoes, get the recipe here.
  • Be sure to slice the zucchini thin so that it will soften and absorb the dressing.


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4 responses to “Tomato Tuesday: Fresh & Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Zucchini & Balsamic Vinegar

  1. Sounds delicious…and yes great for these sunny hot summer days.
    Creamy eggplant and cherry tomato flan on my post today…i’ll have to connect next time to your tomato tuesday…have a great day! Yvette x

  2. That sounds great, I never know what to do with eggplant or zucchini.

  3. I love this recipe, during the summer when it comes to tomatoes, I am a one trick pony, making only Caprese salad. It’s my big summer dish. I am looking forward to swapping it up a bit going forward! Beautiful photos. It is 5:30 in the morning, and you just made my mouth water with these tomatoes!

  4. Thanks Stephanie! That’s so nice of you, I’m working on my photography so I appreciate all of the feedback. I’m going to be in Houston a lot starting in September, would love to meet up with you for one of your wine nights. I’ll send you a FB note when I have specific dates.

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