Cherry Tomato Salad with Chèvre

Cherry Tomato Salad with Chèvre

It's a crime to mess with good cherry tomatoes.  This recipe is more of a "gilded lily" approach.  Simply sliced and dressed with a little olive oil, herbs, and fresh goat cheese, the tomatoes are the star. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 tsp za’atar
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 red scallions or spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil leaves, julienned 
  • 3 tbsp fresh mint leaves, julienned
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Coarse sea salt, for finishing
  • 2 oz fresh chèvre, gently crumbled into large pieces

Preparation

  1. Combine the tomatoes, scallions, basil, mint, lemon juice, 1 tbsp of olive oil, and 1 tsp of salt in a large bowl.  Toss to combine.  
  2. In a separate, small bowl, combine the remaining tbsp of olive oil with the za'atar. 
  3. Toss the cherry tomato mixture a second time, then transfer it to a shallow serving dish.  Gently nestle the chèvre into the cherry tomatoes.  Drizzle the za'atar mixture overtop of everything.  Serve at once. 
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