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Marilyn's Marinated Tomato Salad

Marilyn's Marinated Tomato Salad

This has been our family's favorite salad for years. It is also one of the most requested dishes when I cook for friends. One friend added it to the menu of a small cafe she runs in Antioch.

Submitted by: Dave from Streamwood, Illinois
Yield: Serves 4-8


Featured in this Recipe


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 cups sliced ripe tomatoes
  • 1 green onion, chopped, for every 2 cups sliced tomato

Preparation Instructions:

Place sliced tomatoes in a bowl. Top with chopped green onion.
In a small bowl, whisk remaining ingrediants together and pour over tomatoes and green onions. Toss tomatoes to ensure all are coated with marinade. Let stand for at least 30 minutes before serving. Toss once more just before serving.

More About This Recipe

One of the beauties of this dish is its versatility. Garlic lovers like me can add a second clove to the marinade. Other variations include substituting Balsamic for Red Wine vinegar and oregano for basil. Grated romano or parmesean is good sprinkled over the tomatoes just before serving, or Romano cheese powder added to the marinade. In late summer when the Farmers Markets are loaded with all types of tomatoes, I'll use a combination of tomatoes from heirlooms to super-sweet yellow grape. The color contrast is as appealing as that of the flavor. I accidentally discovered that the marinade is easily converted to a 'creamy' salad dressing. Instead of whisking the marinade, I once used a stick blender to combine it. The mustard powder acted as an emulsifier and the result was very thick, almost creamy which clings well to a salad. I've also had great success using the marinade as is or with slight variations on meats and seafood before grilling. For a vegan salad, use a vegan sugar like beet sugar or evaporated cane juice.


Based on 2 reviews

Customer Reviews

Robert A

We tried this for the first time last night. It was a a big hit with this retired couple. My wife accuses me of overdoing tomatoes on our menu (we trade off cooking weekly), but this was a surprising pleasure for us both!

Joanna H

Great use for gorgeous fresh tomatoes, and I really like that the recipe has a section for things you can try, such as changing vinegars, adding grated cheese, and making the dressing creamy. I started off following the basic recipe and it came out great, but next time I plan to get adventurous. This would be a great contribution at late-summer cookouts. Since the tomatoes are the star of the show, get good ones. Good dressing won’t save tasteless, dry tomatoes.

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