Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons

Overhead shot of cherry tomato salad with roasted lemons.

This Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons is the perfect side dish. Sweet tomatoes combine with a tangy vinaigrette and delicious roasted lemons.

This cherry tomato salad evokes memories of a salad that my mom used to make in the summertime using fresh homegrown tomatoes and a simple light dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano and a sprinkling of sugar, which would always be adjusted depending on the sweetness of the tomatoes that year. It was such a simple salad, but so delicious at the same time. And, my favorite part was using a loaf of Italian bread to mop up the leftover juices from the tomatoes after the salad was gone.

Recently, as I was browsing through Yottam Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook, Plenty More (which I’ve mentioned previously in this post on Roasted Squash with Chili Yogurt and this post on Brussels Sprouts with Pomelo), I came across his recipe for a Tomato & Roasted Lemon Salad and was immediately brought back to those summers in New York, although his version of this cherry tomato salad is very different from my mom’s. His recipe incorporates sage, allspice, pomegranate seeds and pomegranate molasses. It’s a much more exotic spin…

I made his recipe, and I do have to say that it was delicious. Sweet and savory, with unexpected spices… I would have never thought to combine sage with allspice. But, my favorite part of his take on the cherry tomato salad was the roasted lemons that he incorporated into it.

Although I did love his twist on the traditional cherry tomato salad, I was longing for the flavors from my past. I wanted a bit more tang and the flavor of oregano that I love so much.

This Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons is a mashup. It’s basically my mom’s Italian recipe with the addition of those lovely roasted lemons that Yottam shared in his book. Those lemons. They are just so good. Thinly sliced and roasted with the skin on, they become slightly caramelized and mellow out in flavor as they roast in the oven. They perfectly compliment the sweetness of the tomatoes and lend one more layer to my mom’s already amazing cherry tomato salad.

This salad is my new twist on an old favorite.

Close up overhead shot of prepared tomato salad.

It’s also a great way to use up any extra cherry tomatoes that you may have on hand if you’re a gardener. I know that they can get kind of out of hand during the end of the growing season… I do not grow my own tomatoes… But I know this because come late summer, it seems that everyone is bringing mounds of cherry tomatoes into the office to share. For this salad, I just scooped up some tomatoes from the store.

These beauties came from Divine Flavor, a Mexican family-run and grower-owned fruit and vegetable distribution company based out of Arizona. They were plum, and juicy, and I love the fact that they come from a company that produces fresh, non-GMO foods grown in nutrient-rich, never over-farmed soil. I mean, in order to compete with my mom’s original recipe, which used home grown tomatoes, I had to pick up some of the most beautiful tomatoes that I could find, even if my non-green thumb meant that they weren’t actually grown in my garden.

Overhead shot of cherry tomato salad in bowl.

Do you garden? If so, I’m envious, and I’ll bet you have mounds of tomatoes at the end of the growing season too. Share with me your favorite ways to use them up or preserve them in the comments below!

Overhead shot of cherry tomato salad with roasted lemons.

Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cherry tomato salad, lemon, salad, tomato
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Cooling time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 95 kcal
Author: Erin

This Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons is the perfect side dish. Sweet tomatoes combine with a tangy vinaigrette and delicious roasted lemons. 

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Ingredients

  • 2 lemons halved crosswise seeds removed, and cut into paper-thin slices
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 2/3 cups Divine Flavor cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • ½ cup small red onion halved crosswise and thinly sliced into half rings about ½
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
  2. Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add lemon slices and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain well. Combine 1 tablespoon oil, sugar, oregano and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add lemon slices and mix well to combine. Spread the lemon slices out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. Combine the tomatoes, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, vinegar parsley, mint and onions in a bowl. Add the lemon slices and stir gently to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust as desired with additional salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Potassium 253mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 15.3%
Vitamin C 49.4%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 6.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Tomato Salad: 

  • Try a Pinot Grigio or a Sauvignon Blanc with this salad – Their bright flavors mirror those in the salad and compliment it nicely.

Package of cherry tomatoes next to prepared salad

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I teamed up with Divine Flavor to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

16 comments

  1. Melissa (Pen and Parent)

    This looks so good! We’re growing cherry tomatoes in our garden this year so I’ll have to give this recipe a try when they are ready.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Lucky you Melissa – I’m jealous! I can’t grow anything but herbs it seems. I have a severe lack of a green thumb!

      Reply

  2. Denise

    This look phenomenal! I have a shrimp recipe in which I add sliced lemons and I just learned that you can eat them. They are so good! So I can’t imagine how good these would taste. Definitely making this dish soon!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Denise – Your shrimp recipe sounds delicious too!

      Reply

  3. Melissa Manos

    you had me at roasted lemons! cant wait to try this lovely dish!!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Melissa!

      Reply

  4. Melissa Griffiths

    This salad sounds incredible! Definitely adding this to my must-make list once my tomatoes come in!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Yes! I wish I had fresh tomatoes in my garden – They’re the best!

      Reply

  5. Hillary

    What an amazing summer side dish! I’ve never thought about roasting lemons – sounds delicious!

    Reply

  6. Kelsey

    Wow, this looks so good! I think I might even make it tonight, I’ve been thinking of making something fresh and flavorful to celebrate summer.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      This is perfect for celebrating summer Kelsey – So fresh and delicious!

      Reply

  7. Waz

    I love cherry tomatoes in salads, and roasted lemons sound amazing! I’m reluctant to turn on the oven in the summer, but I might have to do it for those lemons. Thanks for sharing that idea!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Of course – I hope you give them a try Waz!

      Reply

  8. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    I am in love with the colors and flavors of this salad! And, I love that you pay homage to one of your mom’s recipes, too. We try to grow our own tomatoes every year, but some years are more successful than others. Such a great idea to include roasted lemons in this!

    Reply

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