Roasted Tomato Winter Salad

Roasted Tomato Winter Salad

This Roasted Tomato Winter Salad is a great way to punch up the flavour when fresh produce is not as plentiful as in summer.

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I was casting about the refrigerator, a bit bored with salads and wondering how to get excited about a salad. I was wishing that I could get some fresh tasty tomatoes but that is not always an option in the middle of a Canadian winter.

Grape or cherry tomatoes can still be good but hot house and vine tomatoes in winter can be tasteless and somewhat like cardboard.  Then  I thought ‘ I wish I had some sun dried tomatoes on hand…’ (See Note 1 & 2)

Then it hit me!  Why couldn’t I take some whole canned tomatoes and roast them to intensify the flavour?

I can tell you – it is worth the roasting time.   There is no work involved – just time.  You need about 90 minutes to roast them slowly.

I took a 28 oz can of tomatoes and drained off the juices.  You can save the juice for another purpose. You could even freeze it til the  next time you make a soup, sauce or stew.

I spread the tomatoes out on a pan sheet lined with parchment paper. I sprinkled them with an Italian spice mix and coarse sea salt.

tomatoes-on-pan

Popped them in the oven and they turned out beautifully.  One of the things I learned is to leave the smaller tomatoes whole, and halve the larger ones vertically.  That way they are approximately the same size and roast uniformly.

roasted-tomatoes

They make a nice substantial addition to your salad.  They actually become the shining star of the salad.  Celery, cucumbers, onions and parsley perked up the flavours as well.  You can use any combination of salad additions you like.

I served it with a very light lemon vinaigrette so the flavour of the roasted tomatoes could shine through. Be sure to use fresh lemon juice since lemon is the only flavour that will come through.

I hope this may help you out of your winter salad blahs!

 

 

 

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Roasted Tomato Winter Salad
Roasted Tomato Winter Salad
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
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Ingredients
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salad
Roasted Tomato Winter Salad
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a pan sheet with parchment paper. Drain the tomatoes and reserve juices for another use.
  3. Halve the largest tomatoes vertically. Leave smaller ones intact. Spread tomatoes evenly around the pan so they are not crowded.
  4. Sprinkle tomatoes with Italian spices and sea salt.
  5. Roast tomatoes for 90 minutes. Check after an hour. If any smaller tomatoes are getting black remove them from the oven. Check periodically from 60-90 minutes for doneness. Remove tomatoes from the oven and allow them to cool to room temperature. Do not refrigerate.
  6. Mix all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix dressing ingredients and shake well. Taste the dressing and adjust seasoning to taste.  Drizzle dressing over the salad, toss and serve.
Recipe Notes

Note 1:  If you don't have time to roast canned tomatoes pour boiling water over 1 cup of sun dried tomatoes. Let rest for 15 minutes and then drain well.  Chop roughly if too chunks are too big.

Note 2:  Chop 1 cup of  sun dried tomatoes to medium dice and mix with other salad ingredients.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Tomato Winter Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 522mg 22%
Potassium 804mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 251%
Vitamin C 78%
Calcium 24%
Iron 21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Tomato Winter Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 522mg 22%
Potassium 804mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 251%
Vitamin C 78%
Calcium 24%
Iron 21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Roasted Tomato Winter Salad is a great way to punch up the flavour when fresh produce is not as plentiful as in summer.

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