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Charred Tomato Salad

Yield 6 to 8 servings


  • 8 large tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Garnish: fresh basil leaves

How to Make It

  1. Cut tomatoes into quarters; remove and discard seeds. Pat dry, and brush each side evenly with 2 tablespoons olive oil.

  2. Cook tomato quarters, in batches, in a hot cast-iron skillet over high heat 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side or until blackened. Remove from skillet, and cool, reserving juice from skillet.

  3. Toss tomato with reserved juice, basil, and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and let stand, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Garnish, if desired.

  4. Prep: 20 min., Cook: 20 min., Stand: 1 hr.