Looking for a quick, but tasty and easy summer dinner? Marinate some cherry tomatoes for about an hour and then use them for a sauce for zucchini noodles or your favorite cooked ( gf) pasta. It's that easy, and cherry tomatoes are so abundant right now. It's a perfect seasonal dish!
Need to use up some of your cherry tomatoes and zucchini?
This fabulous pasta recipe will do the job!
I never tire of making zucchini noodles ( that you make yourself in 1 minute from your zucchini using an inexpensive gadget like this one ) and I love this marinated cherry tomato sauce. Of course if you are a pasta lover, you could use any kind of pasta. It's a perfect recipe for a hot summer night!
I love my cherry tomatoes plants, and right now they are so prolific that we are having trouble keeping up with what to do with all the cherry tomatoes. In addition, I belong to a CSA that provides me with additional cherry tomatoes. This sauce is the perfect answer since it requires no cooking, only marinating. It's wonderful on any kind of pasta-spaghetti squash- zoodles, or over rice.
The beauty of this recipe is that it is not only gluten free, grain free, and dairy free, it is also raw! So it's a perfect allergy friendly recipe that most eaters can enjoy.
In addition to the cherry tomatoes, this recipe calls for some fresh chopped basil or any other fresh herbs that you may have growing in your garden or on your windowsill. There is something about tomatoes and fresh basil that just scream summer. Their flavors are fabulous together.
Cherry tomatoes are easy to grow and will keep you well supplied with tomatoes from end of July through at least the end of September if you live on the East coast. If you are ever interested in growing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes are the easiest and most prolific to grow. They are great plants for little ones who can enjoy the thrill of picking their own little tomatoes. ( How to grow cherry tomatoes) .
The marinated tomato recipe is light and tangy and gives any pasta a delicious flavor. Feel free to add toppings of your choice like feta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, or even some cooked chickpeas. Any of them would make great toppings, or you can just eat the sauce plain or top it with slices of avocado if you are vegan.
Check out this post from last year for cherry tomatoes, avocado and chickpeas
The marinated cherry tomato sauce only has to marinate for about an hour, but it can marinate for even 6 hours. The taste just gets better and better.
Marinated Cherry Tomato Sauce Ingredients:
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved ( I used yellow, orange, and red cherry tomatoes)
juice of one fresh lemon
1/4 cup ( or more) of olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
( any other fresh herb you have - oregano, thyme, etc.)
optional: 1 clove fresh garlic, pressed
salt and freshly cracked pepper to tast
Mix all ingredients together, marinate for at least an hour. Eat over pasta, rice or zucchini pasta. Makes a great side dish or a BBQ. Eat the pasta hot and the marinade at room temperature or even eat the pasta and marinade cold .
When writing this post I wasn't sure whether marinade was spelled with a "d" or a '"t" . I learned something.
- Marinade with a "d" is a noun- so it's a tomato sauce marinade
- Marinate with a " t" is a verb- so I would marinate the tomatoes
Whew! Glad I got that straight!