In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Spectacular Cherry Tomato Salad.

With an abundance of plump Cherry Tomatoes in our garden and the thousands of requests I get for more recipes in the #MeatFreeMonday series on YouTube, I thought I’d share (while not “Caribbean”) a simple and delicious salad with you all.

You’ll Need…

1- 1 1/2 lbs cherry tomatoes (sliced in 1/2)
1/2 large red onion (sliced thinly)
2 tablespoon chives (chopped)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
3 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt (divided)
3/4 teaspoon black pepper (divided)
2 tablespoon honey
2 sprigs thyme (leaves)
1/2 orange (juice)
1 cup bocconcini cheese (pearls)

Important! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go though the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. If doing this recipe vegan, use what you normally use to replace cheese. Feel free to add nuts and dried fruits to the salad if you wish.

Wash and prep the ingredients. Slice the tomatoes in half, trim off the leaves of the thyme, slice the red onion VERY thin, crush the garlic and give the chives a fine chop.

  • The tomatoes, chives and garlic were from my garden.

Now it’s time to make the dressing. In a bowl, add the olive oil, balsamic, 1/2 of the black pepper, 1/2 of the salt, garlic, thyme leaves, honey and orange juice and whisk until combined.

It’s time to assemble things. Add the chopped tomatoes to your salad bowl and top with the sliced onion, then sprinkle on the remaining salt and black pepper.

Now add the cheese (feel free to add your fav).

Pour on the salad dressing and top with the chives. Give it a good mix and place in the fridge for about 20 minutes for the flavors to marinate and come together (mix again before serving). This will also allow the cheese to soak in some of the dressing.

Fresh chopped basil (I’m not a fan, so while I do have it in my garden, I sparingly use it) and diced cucumber is a great addition to this salad.

Should your tomatoes be tart, you may need to add a bit more salt. Enjoy! Drop me your comments below, tag me on Instagram and don’t forget you can now get my cookbook – The Vibrant Caribbean Pot, 100 Traditional And Fusion Recipes @

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