Farmers Market Roasted Tomato Salad

Tomatoes are taking over our farmers market stands right now. Tons of beautiful tomatoes, in all different shapes and sizes – heirloom, cherry, grape, red, yellow, orange and green striped. There was simply no way I could leave the market on Saturday morning without buying some. And by some… I mean 2 pounds.

Obviously I had to come up with a good way to use them. Since it’s summer and ridiculously hot, I decided a salad was in order.

Farmers Market Roasted Tomato Salad

Then I saw this recipe on 101 Cookbooks and knew I needed to roast some of them – even if it did mean having to turn on the oven.

Farmers Market Roasted Tomato Salad

Had to be done.

Farmers Market Roasted Tomato Salad

Roasting the tomatoes with a little olive oil and maple syrup was a lovely idea. They came out with a robust and sweet flavor, perfect for pairing with fresh veggies and a vinegar based dressing.

Farmers Market Roasted Tomato Salad

The best part about the salad is that almost everything in it was local. The cucumber was from Isaac’s parents’ garden, the basil was from our backyard, the tomatoes were from two different vendors at the South of the James Market and the goat cheese was from Goats-R-Us. Pretty sweet!

Farmers Market Roasted Tomato Salad

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Farmers Market Roasted Tomato Salad

Farmers Market Roasted Tomato Salad


Description

Inspired by 101 Cookbooks: Heirloom Tomato Salad. It tastes lovely right away, but if you’re able to save a little, it’s quite awesome the next day, once the flavors “marinate,” as well. The vegetables do release a bit of liquid after sitting for a few hours. If that’s bothersome, you can drain the salad before serving.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds tomatoes (a mix of small heirlooms and cherry tomatoes), halved
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • sea salt
  • 1/2 medium to large cucumber, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese feta, cut or crumbled into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • sea salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and adjust one of your oven racks to the top third of the oven.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half and place 1 pound in a bowl, set aside.
  3. Gently toss the other pound of tomatoes in a bowl with the olive oil, syrup, and salt. Arrange them in a single layer, cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake until the tomatoes shrink and start to caramelize around the edges, about 45 minutes. Set tomatoes aside to cool for 30 minutes.
  5. Gently toss roasted tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, goat cheese, onion, vinegar and basil in large bowl. Sprinkle with sea salt and ground pepper to taste.

Farmers Market Roasted Tomato Salad

We had Isaac’s good friend, Adam, in town for the weekend. I made this salad on Saturday night for us to enjoy for dinner alongside some grilled chicken (for the guys) and a grilled black bean burger for me. Everyone loved the salad. Adam told me to share his approval with the blog world. (Thanks Adam. :))

All this said, if you have a ton of tomatoes on your hands this summer, I highly recommend roasting a few and making this salad. I promise it won’t disappoint.

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  1. I made this last night and am eating it for lunch RIGHT NOW. It is soooooooo delicious!!! Stink bugs are killing my tomato plants so we are trying to eat as many tomatoes as we can before everything dies. Making more of THIS salad tonight! Thanks so much!

  2. I just found myself with a ton of tomatoes (currently covering my dinner table at the moment) and this looks like such an easy solution for some of them. I’ve never roasted tomatoes before!

  3. Ummm, what was the status of your roasting pan after you roasted the tomatoes? I used to roast veggies all the time but now my fiancé has banned me from using our cookie sheets because they were burnt and charred beyond recognition with caramelized veggie goodness. Are you using a special secret cleaner?!

  4. Tomatoes are so incredible right now. We just got 1 huge heirloom and a pint of cherry tomatoes from our CSA last week and I seriously look forward to eating them more than I do dessert.

  5. I was at the SOJ Farmers Market this Saturday too, and I got a bunch of tomatoes. But I just through them into a pasta salad this weekend. Next weekend I am going to make this! It sounds so refreshing and yummy!

  6. I am loving tomatoes right now. I think mine are finally starting to make an appearance. I had my first one from the garden last week and now there is no turning back.
    Have a lovely week girl!

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