Marinated Tomato Side Dish

For whatever reason, I seem to always have a tough time coming up with side dish recipes! BUT when I do find a good one, I can make it multiple times in one week and not get sick of it.

Growing up, my family always made marinated tomatoes with my grandpa’s recipe. Super easy, quite healthy and really yummy – especially with BBQ meat! This recreation isn’t to a T with his recipe, but I made it with ingredients that I always have on hand.

What I LOVE about this one, is it gets better with time…so the longer you let it sit and marinate, the better the tomatoes are. AND you can really eye ball this recipe without measuring it out if you want to get a little crazy! Everything is super easy to adjust by your flavor preference.

Ingredients (2 servings – double or triple the recipe for more!)

  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes
  • About 4 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ½ TBS EVOO
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 TBS finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • ½ TSP rosemary


Wash and slice up the tomatoes and layer them fairly flat in a casserole dish so everything marinates evenly. In a separate bowl, mix together balsamic vinegar, EVOO, S&P, garlic and rosemary.

Taste the mixture to see if you prefer more EVOO, S&P or garlic. I love high vinegar content but some people prefer a more balanced flavor. Drizzle the mixture on top of the tomato slices and finish by sprinkling with the grated parm.

Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and then enjoy!

These tomatoes go GREAT on top of a grilled turkey patty :D Recipe for that coming soon....