Grain Free Cherry Tomato Salad


img_9060Cherry tomatoes!  Cherry tomatoes…everywhere!

I began gardening just three years ago, and one of the first things I planted was a cherry tomato.  I didn’t realize just how much I would fall in love with these sweet babies, and how prolific just one plant can be! (Garden tip:  They also tend to re-plant themselves and come back each year! Just throw any split tomatoes down into the soil and leave them there.)

This year, I had joyfully re-done my landscaping, completely forgetting and covering up the place that my cherry tomato plants typically grew.  So, I knew it was time to place some new plants in one of my three gardens.

image1-1The picture above shows the three plants that I planted this year.  Thanks to a very hot and dry summer, the plants are producing…and producing…and producing!  I have quadruple staked each plant, and I’ve harvested cherry tomatoes FOUR times, with many new flowers still emerging!

While I love to make sauce with them, these babies have been so sweet that we’ve just been eating them!  I think I’ll still have plenty left to make sauce.  And, I’ve had the joy of blessing others by knocking on their door and offering them a container of these beauties.  They’ve been rather well received. 🙂

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At a recent family gathering, I needed a side dish.  Since I try to use what I have, especially when it’s of the organic variety, I wanted to find a tasty way to share them!  I threw together this cherry tomato salad, which is a completely grain free and soy free recipe (and can be made dairy free and Paleo, as well.)  

The salad has been well received by all who’ve tasted it, so I thought it would be a good time to share the recipe. This also keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator.  I hope you enjoy it!  

-Jen of The GGF Gourmet

Grain Free Cherry Tomato Basil Salad

Grain Free Cherry Tomato Basil Salad

Ingredients

  • Medium sized bowl of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Handful of fresh basil, chopped (you can use dried if necessary, but fresh is SO much better!)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (NOTE: I prefer local goat-cheese [and is often okay for those with dairy issues]; if that's not available, purchase the block feta to avoid the fillers in the commercial crumbled variety)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup GGF Gourmet Italian Dressing [Italian Dressing:http://ggfgourmet.com/en/index.php/products/]

Instructions

  1. Combine the cherry tomatoes, basil, and feta cheese (optional) until well distributed
  2. Add the red onion and stir
  3. Pour the Italian dressing over the entire salad; stir to combine
  4. Allow to sit for a few minutes or even overnight
  5. Enjoy!
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