Missy's Marinated Tomatoes

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 15 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1/2 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon sugar 

2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley 

2 teaspoons slivered fresh basil (chiffonade) 

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

1/4 teaspoon ground thyme 

2 green onions, sliced 

1 cloves garlic, minced finely 


2 pounds mixed tomatoes, different shapes and colors

1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated 

Lots of fresh basil leaves, for garnish 


  1. For the dressing: Mix the olive oil, sugar, parsley, basil, vinegar, salt, pepper, thyme, green onions and garlic in a large bowl.
  2. For the tomatoes: Cut the tomatoes into slices, chunks, quarters or halves, depending on the size. Add the tomatoes to the dressing and marinate for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. To serve: Lay out the butter lettuce leaves on a platter. Remove the tomatoes with a slotted spoon and spoon generously onto the lettuce. Drizzle over some of the dressing. Sprinkle over lots of whole basil leaves and basil stems with a few leaves on then.