There is soul food, and there is food with soul!
This warm tomatoes salad with crispy bacon bits is definitely one of the later.
I bought myself a whole stock of beautiful red, yellow, green tomatoes of all sorts and shapes and I decided that I wanted to combine them into one amazingly simple, amazingly delightful dish.
A warm tomato salad sounded just about right.
You must admit, that if there is one ingredient that has a lot of soul, it’s tomatoes. Try this recipe and you will be convinced that it can accompany the simplest serving on a week night, or your most distinguished guest for a big diner party. Plus it’s super affordable! What more could you ask for?
First you will cut your tomatoes. I had fun in this process, and cut them in half for some, or in quarters for others, and even a few in slices, the tiny little ones. Cut your shallots, and chop your fresh basil and oregano leaves.
Sprinkle all on top of your tomatoes. Mix your olive oil with the freshly pressed garlic and drizzle your tomatoes. Now salt and pepper to taste, and last but not least, you will add the balsamic glaze which will bring a nice caramel texture to the tomotoes and yum yum flavor.
Stick into the oven for about 15-20 minutes, making sure not to overcook your tomatoes. You will top off with the extra crispy bacon.
This salad is simply delicious and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I served it as a side with a perfectly sautéed beef filet, which I accompanied with a fresh avocado aioli! YUM YUM! Next recipe to be shared on the blog :)
Ingredients for 4-6 people
About 8-10 tomatoes (to fill your 13" pan) 1/8 cup fresh oregano leaves 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves 2 large shallots 1 tspn garlic paste 1/4 cup extra Virgin olive oil 1 tbsp balsamic glaze Salt and pepper to taste 6 slices of bacon
Preheat your oven to 350° F.
Once hot, place your 6 slices of bacon on a baking sheet, and place in the oven for about 20 minutes until crisp.
While cooking, start prepping your tomatoes, which will only take a minute or so.
Wash you tomatoes and cut them into various shapes.
Chop your basil, chop your oregano, press your garlic and slice your shallots.
In a 13″ pan, line your tomatoes freely.
In a small bowl mix together your olive oil and garlic paste. Drizzle all over the tomatoes.
Top salt and pepper to taste, shallots, basil and oregano leaves (leave a little aside for serving).
Drizzle your balsamic glaze on top.
Stick into the oven for about 15-20 minutes, making sure not to overcook your tomatoes.
Remove all from oven. Chop grossly your crispy bacon.
Top off with the extra crispy bacon bits.
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