Looking for a quick, but tasty and easy summer dinner? Half and marinate some cherry tomatoes for about an hour and then use them for a delicious sauce for zucchini noodles or your favorite cooked ( gf) pasta. It's that easy and cherry tomatoes are so abundant right now. It's a perfect seasonal dish!
Need to use up lots of cherry tomatoes and also zucchini?
This fabulous pasta recipe will do the job!
I never tire of making zucchini noodles ( the one's that you make them yourself in 1 minute from your zucchini using an inexpensive gadget like this one ) and I love this marinated cherry tomato sauce. Of course if you are a pasta lover, you could use any kind of pasta. It's a perfect recipe for a hot summer night!
Great Sauce - No Cooking- Just Marinating
I grow lots of cherry tomatoes plants, and right now they are so prolific that we are having trouble keeping up with what to do with all those beautiful little gems. In addition, I belong to a CSA that provides me with additional cherry tomatoes. This sauce is the perfect answer since it requires no cooking, only marinating. It's wonderful over any kind of pasta, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles ( zoodles) , or over rice.
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free and Raw
The beauty of this recipe is that it is not only gluten free, grain free, and dairy free, it is also raw! So it's a perfect allergy friendly recipe that most eaters can enjoy.
In addition to the cherry tomatoes, this recipe calls for some fresh chopped basil or any other fresh herbs that you may have growing in your garden or on your windowsill. There is something about tomatoes and fresh basil that just scream summer. Their flavors are fabulous together.
Cherry tomatoes are easy to grow and will keep you well supplied with tomatoes from end of July through at least the end of September if you live on the East coast. If you are ever interested in growing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes are the easiest and most prolific to grow. They are great plants for little ones who can enjoy the thrill of picking their own little tomatoes. They grow best in the ground, but can be planted in pots.
The marinated tomato recipe is light and tangy and gives any pasta a delicious flavor. Feel free to add toppings of your choice like feta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, or even some cooked chickpeas. Any of them would make great toppings, or you can just eat the sauce plain or top it with slices of avocado if you are vegan.
Check out this post from last year for cherry tomatoes, avocado and chickpeas
The marinated cherry tomato sauce only has to marinate for about an hour, but it can marinate for even 6 hours. The taste just gets better and better.
Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: none
Marinate Time: Minimum 30 minutes up to 6 hours
Marinated Cherry Tomato Sauce Ingredients:
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved ( I used yellow, orange, and red cherry tomatoes)
juice of one fresh lemon
1/4 cup ( or more) of olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
( any other fresh herb you have in the garden -rosemary oregano, thyme, etc.)
optional: 1 clove fresh garlic, pressed
salt and freshly cracked pepper to tast
Mix all ingredients together, marinate for at least an hour. Eat over pasta, rice or zucchini pasta. Makes a great side dish or a BBQ. The marinade can be used cold or at room temperature. You can use it over hot pasta or hot vegetable pasta too.
When writing this post I wasn't sure whether marinade was spelled with a "d" or a '"t" . I learned something.
- Marinade with a "d" is a noun- so it's a tomato sauce marinade
- Marinate with a " t" is a verb- so I would marinate the tomatoes
Whew! Glad I got that straight!