Marinated tomatoes

Fresh garlic is so good

There’s nothing better than eating a fresh tomato straight from the garden. But sometimes the ones from the farmers market need a little help …

Marinated tomatoes

  • 3 good sized tomatoes, sliced thick
  • 1/3 cup sherry
  • 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Arrange tomato slices in a single layer on the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. Season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl whisk wet ingredients and garlic. Pour over tomatoes. Sprinkle with oregano. Refrigerate for three hours. Bring back to room temperature before serving.

Still hot? It’s cooled down into the 90s here, but summer isn’t going away anytime soon. Here are some more cool dishes that won’t have you heating up the kitchen: gazpacho, bruschetta and mushrooms with capers and anchovies, marinated eggplant and chickpea salad, tabouleh. Also, if you like tomatoes and sherry together, check out Cook, Eat, Live Vegetarian’s tomato salad.

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115 Responses to Marinated tomatoes

  1. TasteFood says:

    I like this help. Especially with the Dijon.

  2. nrhatch says:

    Those look yummy! (Tomatoes we buy are never as good as the ones that fall off the vine into our outstretched hands.)

  3. Ginger says:

    Tomatoes and garlic are my favorites in the world. I also love sherry, Dijon and any type of vinegar. You sure come up with some incredible recipes!

  4. Hear hear! I cannot imagine a better flavour in the world than a ripe, red vine-grown tomato! They small amazing, and taste so good. My Dad is actually the one who in summer would make a marinated tomato salad similar to this… with garlic, onion and pepper. It was delicious. I can imagine oregano adding another dimension of flavour.

  5. Oh, my. “Cooled” to the 90s?? That does not make me miss the South. However, these tomatoes look fantastic!

  6. I hope summer doesn’t end.. even though I know it must. I loved the weather this year.. except for the heat wave and the crazy mosquito’s that went wild this year. Anywho, back to the tomatoes.. they look amazing (even though I can’t eat them ;))

  7. I must make these a.s.a.p!!

  8. Kristy says:

    Mmmmmm! We just picked a bunch of tomatoes at my mom’s today. Love the fresh garlic. I mean love it!

  9. Those look great! I like the rice vinegar addition.

  10. joshuafagans says:

    Sounds nifty. I’m always amazed at how something as simple as salting tomatoes (or anything for that matter) ahead of time changes things so dramatically. Seasoning sounds even better.

  11. Yvette says:

    Roll on Summer over here…In Italy it can’t make up it’s mind! Tomatoes are soooo delicious, I always pick extra because by the time I walk from the veggie patch to home I’ve eaten about three fresh cherry tomatoes…to say the least! Just need some crusty Italian loaf – bruschetta and it’s lunch. Great vinaigrette.

  12. Holly says:

    THere really is nothing like marinated tomatoes to give them a little extra! I love prepped salads. I always think if you show your salad some love it’ll do the same back [same applys to sandwiches!]

  13. They are truly prime tomatoes – just excellent

  14. Charles says:

    I find a lot of the tomatoes I get need “a bit” of help (a lot) actually! Great way to enhance watery tomatoes! Photo looks wonderful too… very… what was that word I saw once? Spoonable?

  15. Brilliant salad – not sure I would be patient enough to wait the 3 hours but I will try.
    Have a happy day. :-) Mandy

  16. Life without tomatoes would be a very sad life indeed :( these look lovely and it´s a great way of using winter tomatoes….although that sems a long way off at the moment!

  17. I agree about the garden tomato thing – the ones from the market just aren’t quite the same. This look really amazing. I’ll have to give something like this a try!

  18. Eva Taylor says:

    The photo looks seriously delicious! Add some goats cheese and you have a meal! Love it.

  19. Thanks for the link! Your salad sounds gorgeous. Mine was with sherry vinegar not sherry but no matter :D You should get some if you haven’t got any, you’d love it especially on tomatoes and mushrooms, it’s amazing

  20. ChgoJohn says:

    Surely, one of the high points of Summer has to be picking that 1st tomato off the vine and enjoying it right there, in the garden. Recipes like this are a close second.

  21. Ha, I made something close to this last night. Tomatoes finally starting to ripen. Letting it sit at room temp for an hour after you make it gives it the same depth of flavor as 3 hours in the fridge.

    I can’t be counted on to plan dinner that far in advance…

  22. Kelly says:

    What an interesting marinade…I do a lot of balsamic/parm on tomatoes so this gives me some fresh ideas. The garlic looks heavenly.

  23. Karen says:

    When the tomatoes don’t have much taste, marinating them does help. And you have something to dip nice crusty bread into.

  24. sallybr says:

    Perfect Summer recipe! I will be making this as a side dish for my flank steak tonight! will report back…

    • I look forward to seeing the flank steak.

      • sallybr says:

        We loved the tomatoes! The sherry addition was a must! My only change was reducing the garlic, we are in that tiny little minority in the world that uses garlic very very sparingly. Yeah, freaks of nature we are… ;-)

        as to the flank steak, I blogged about it a while ago, it is a grilled flank steak with ancho cnile marinade, the tomatoes matched it perfectly!

        thanks for the inspiration!

      • I’ll have to look that up! Glad you liked the tomatoes and I don’t think you’re in the minority when it comes to garlic. Not everyone loves it like we do.

  25. spicegirlfla says:

    This is a really interesting marinade for the tomatoes including the sherry and rice vinegar, I’ll have to give that a try! I’m glad you linked in your other recipes as it reminded me to make the eggplant slices!

  26. This looks so cool and refreshing! I believe this will be supper tomorrow night! How we will miss these when they’re gone!

  27. This reminds me yet again that I need to canned my tomatoes like I said I would at the beginning of the summer. I like to dry them out and use it as tomato oil with some garlic. Anyway, your marinated tomatoes look fantastic. as always you continue to inspire me!

  28. Rufus, down here in Nashville, Tennessee we have a bumper crop of homegrown tomatoes…every shape, size, color…and a very good year for tomatoes. I am going to use a variety of heirloom tomatoes from the Nashville Farmer’s Market and make your simple, and simply delicious, dish for a pot luck dinner tomorrow evening. I like recipes that are simple with few ingredients and this one is perfect.

  29. egg me on says:

    Whoa, check out all that garlic! Fantastic! And I must say, I’m very happy that you used fresh oregano here and not basil as most people would.

  30. Chef Scar says:

    Ok, I have the tomatoes…from the farmer’s market…not home grown, as well as the other ingredients, so I am going into the kitchen right now, to make this. Looks and sound delicious!

  31. Lea Ann says:

    Not so fresh garlic is good too! :) So timely, I’m starting to haul in tomatoes from the garden left and right. Will make this tonight/ Thanks for sharing such good recipes.

  32. ceciliag says:

    Oh poo, I have no sherry. And you know I am gagging for anything new to do with tomatoes. Wait! I am going to go in and raid my mother in laws liquor cupboard. She is bound to have some. Such a bore being an hour from the shops.. c

  33. This looks decadent and personally, I would chop them up, throw them in some cold capellini pasta and have a beautiful pasta dinner. :)

  34. Sissi says:

    Greg, it’s like leaving tomatoes in a vinaigrette sauce for several hours. Excellent idea! I don’t know why I haven’t thought such a trick might improve the not so perfect tomatoes. I have to try also using sherry. Thank you for the idea! It sounds delicious.

  35. Young Wifey says:

    Funny, I just made some yesterday!

  36. Caroline says:

    Fresh garlic really is the best, and definitely spruces up the average tomato. Sherry would be awesome on these. Mmmm!!

  37. I love the addition of the mustard that you snuck in there. These look delicious!

  38. JamieAnne says:

    Wonderful! Yum!!

  39. I like your addition of sherry, you have me thinking about using it a bit more in cooking. It’s quite a staple ingredient for you guys isn’t it?

  40. i have this one book marked! thank you for sharing this and have a great day.

  41. This sounds really wonderful. I’d never thought to pair sherry with fresh tomatoes…but I love sherry and it’s got to be good…will try!

  42. Christina says:

    Sounds delicious! I love the use of Dijon mustard with the tomatoes…I would never have thought to pair them. We have been eating caprese salads almost every night…I think I need to give these a shot! :)

  43. Yuri says:

    My kind of recipe! I can almost taste those tomatoes :)

  44. Yum! I’ve never marinated tomatoes- will have to try!

  45. brahmineyes says:

    Thanks for this!

  46. Sarah says:

    Looks delicious!

  47. ambrosiana says:

    Gorgeous looking tomatoes! I loved that you added Dijon mustard and fresh oregano!

  48. I have never marinated tomatoes with anything but basil and balsamic vinegar..now I think I have been missing out

  49. niasunset says:

    I can smell, this is so delicious! You are amazing. I missed your beautiful Kitchen! And the photographs is so charming too, yes, I added my “Rufus Recipes! list! Thank you dear Rufus, Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

  50. Wow, this sounds tasty. I’ve even got all the ingredients handy, I may try this tomorrow.

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  53. Carolyn Chan says:

    It’s really hard to find large tomatoes here that smell of tomatoes that don’t cost a fortune but we get good baby romas which are fantastic – could you marinade these in a dish and serve it in a bowl ?

  54. ....RaeDi says:

    On my list to do this week for a side. Love the recipe. ….RaeDi

  55. SimpleP says:

    Excellent…bring on the tomato recipes! Just picked a good bushel of tomatoes yesterday and the salsa we canned didn’t even put a dent in ‘em.

  56. Sis #1 says:

    I love marinated tomatoes; the more garlic the better. The sherry is a new one to me, so I’ll have to try it out. Even though I’m up north, I haven’t pulled my tomatoes yet. I let the frost get them; last year I picked tomatoes into October before I had to surrender the plants. (I have a marinade recipe that I’ll email to your lovely wife later.)

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