Basil Tomatoes

by Olivia

These Basil Tomatoes are just the thing. With a simple yet delicious marinade and a sprinkle of feta cheese, this dish is perfect for any occasion. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Fresh Flavor: The combination of tomatoes, basil, and feta cheese is refreshing and delicious.
  • Quick and Easy: Simple ingredients and easy preparation make this dish a breeze.
  • Healthy Option: Packed with fresh ingredients and healthy fats.
  • Versatile: Perfect as a side dish, appetizer, or light snack.
  • Cuisine Type: Mediterranean
  • Servings: Makes about 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: None
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including chilling time)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • Feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Marinade:
    • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, vinegar, chopped fresh basil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well.
  2. Coat the Tomatoes:
    • Arrange the sliced tomatoes in a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the tomatoes, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  3. Chill:
    • Cover the dish and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Serve:
    • Before serving, sprinkle the tomatoes with crumbled feta cheese.

Variations:

  • Herb Mix: Add other fresh herbs like oregano or thyme for additional flavor.
  • Balsamic Twist: Use balsamic vinegar instead of regular vinegar for a richer taste.
  • Cheese Swap: Substitute feta cheese with goat cheese or mozzarella for a different texture.

Equipment:

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Shallow dish
  • Measuring spoons

Storage:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The tomatoes may release some juice, so give them a quick stir before serving again.

What to Serve with This Recipe:

These basil tomatoes pair wonderfully with grilled chicken, fish, or as a topping for bruschetta. They’re also great in a fresh green salad or served with crusty bread.

Tips:

  • Fresh Basil: Use fresh basil for the best flavor. Dried basil can be used in a pinch but will not have the same vibrant taste.
  • Even Coating: Make sure the tomatoes are evenly coated with the marinade to ensure consistent flavor.
  • Chilling Time: Allow the tomatoes to chill for at least 2 hours to let the flavors meld together.

FAQ:

Q: Can I use dried basil instead of fresh?

A: Yes, you can use dried basil, but the flavor will not be as vibrant. Use about 1/3 teaspoon of dried basil.

Q: How long can I marinate the tomatoes?

A: You can marinate the tomatoes for up to 24 hours for a more intense flavor.

Q: Can I use a different type of cheese?

A: Yes, feel free to use any cheese you prefer, such as goat cheese, mozzarella, or even Parmesan.

Approximate Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 100 kcal per serving
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
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