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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cherry Tomato Marinade Sauce for Pasta, Rice, Vegetables or Zoodles

marinated cherry tomato sauce

Looking for a quick, but tasty and easy spring or summer dinner?
Marinate some halved cherry tomatoes for about an hour and then use them for a delicious sauce for zucchini noodles or your favorite cooked ( gf) pasta. It's that easy and cherry tomatoes grow abundantly or are always available in the market. It's a perfect seasonal dish!

Great Sauce - No Cooking- Just Marinating
I grow lots of cherry tomatoes plants, and right now they are so prolific that we are having trouble keeping up with what to do with all those beautiful little gems. In addition, I belong to a CSA that provides me with additional cherry tomatoes.  This sauce is the perfect answer since it requires no cooking. 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free and Raw
The beauty of this recipe is that it is not only gluten free, grain free, and dairy free.! So it's a perfect allergy friendly recipe that most guests or family members can enjoy.

Since this delicious sauce is not cooked, it's especially great for those who eat a raw food diet or for those who want to include more raw food enzymes in their diets. Some nutritionists say that a diet of 80% raw food and 20% cooked food is the healthiest diet.

In addition to the cherry tomatoes, this recipe calls for some fresh chopped basil or any other fresh herbs that you may have growing in your garden or on your windowsill. There is something about tomatoes and fresh basil that scream summer. Their flavors are fabulous together.

Need to use up lots of cherry tomatoes and also zucchini?
This fabulous pasta recipe will do the job!
I never tire of making simple zucchini noodles in minutes using my sprializer, and I love this marinated cherry tomato sauce. Of course if you are a pasta lover, you could use any kind of pasta. It's a perfect recipe for a hot summer night!

Cherry tomatoes are easy to grow and will keep you well supplied with tomatoes from end of July through at least the end of September if you live on the East coast. If you are ever interested in growing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes are the easiest and most prolific to grow. They are great plants for little ones who can enjoy the thrill of picking their own little tomatoes. They grow best in the ground, but can be planted in pots.

The marinated tomato recipe is  light and tangy and gives any pasta a delicious flavor. Feel free to add toppings of your choice like feta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, or even some cooked chickpeas. Any of them would make great toppings, or you can just eat the sauce plain or top it with slices of avocado if you are vegan.
Check out this post from last year for cherry tomatoes, avocado and chickpeas

cherry tomatoes

The marinated cherry tomato sauce only has to marinate for about an hour, but it can marinate for even 6 hours. The taste just gets better and better.

Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: none
Marinating Time: Minimum 30 minutes up to 6 hours

Cherry Tomato Sauce Ingredients:
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved ( I used yellow, orange, and red cherry tomatoes)
juice of one fresh lemon
1/4 cup ( or more)  of olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
( any other fresh herb you have in the garden -rosemary oregano, thyme, etc.)
optional: 1 clove fresh garlic, pressed
salt and freshly cracked pepper to tast

Mix all ingredients together, marinate for at least an hour. Eat over pasta, rice or zucchini pasta. Makes a great side dish or a BBQ. The marinade can be used cold or at room temperature. You can use it over hot pasta or hot vegetable pasta too.

When writing this post I wasn't sure whether marinade was spelled with a "d" or a '"t" . I learned something.

  • Marinade with a "d" is a noun- so it's a tomato sauce marinade
  • Marinate with a " t" is a verb- so I would marinate the tomatoes
Whew! Glad I got that straight!

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  1. I have soooo many cherry tomatoes right now! I share a garden with my sister so we planted 4 cherry tomato plants and 2 pear tomato plants...we've been picking cherry and pear tomatoes for months! I've oven roasted, eaten raw, and just decided to juice them to make tomato jalapeno jelly with. The last was by far my favorite and the least amount of work. I'll have to try this recipe too...my skin is turning yellow with all the beta carotene! :-)

    1. I am in the same boat and I'm afraid if I can't think of enough ways to use them, some will go bad and I don't want that to happen.

  2. I love that this uses not only garden tomatoes but also garden herbs. We are being overrun by our parsley.

    1. I'm trying to eat seasonly by what we are growing. I love creating recipes to fit the seasonal produce

  3. Wow, Judee, this is fantastic. I've used lots of fresh tomato combinations on pasta before but never thought to marinate! I will be eating this for lunch today. Can't get enough of tomatoes! Thanks so much for a great recipe :)

    1. I know I'm trying to think up lots of ideas. I hope that you enjoy it. Thanks so much for your feedback.

  4. Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday party this week. It's a great way to use the fresh garden tomatoes. Pinned/shared,

    1. Thank you so much for the pin. It really helps getting some visibility . I'm a regular at your Friday party.

  5. My husband and I were just talking about making a raw tomato pasta sauce earlier today! I made one with a variety of larger tomatoes yesterday, and it was delicious. We both love Sungolds though, so we were talking about using cherries next time instead. Thanks for sharing this at Foodie Fridays! I'll have to try it with lemon now.

  6. I love a fresh tomato sauce. thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. Diane,
      It's my pleasure to share my recipes on your weekly Friday blog carnival. I love all of the great recipes that I find there. Thanks for your feedback. It's appreciated.

  7. Hi Judee! I discovered your blog on Real Food Fridays #54. Great recipe. I adore fresh cherry tomatoes and this simple to prepare sauce sounds delicious and nutritious too (loaded with vitamin C). Lemon marinate brings out even subtle flavor, so I'm sure it will taste terrific. Please stop by at my blogs, obloggernewbie.blogspot.com and www.nancyandreswriter.com/colors-of-joy-blog/. I believe in real food that's non-gmo. I use organic whenever possible and do my part to help our environment. Nancy Andres, Author of Colors of Joy, A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss.

    1. Thank you so much for introducing yourself . I love meeting other bloggers. I'm already following you on G+ and look forward to visiting your blogs. Thanks for your feedback and invite. Stop by again!

  8. Hi Judee,
    Your Cherry Tomato Marinade Sauce looks awesome! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Love the tomato basil combination. The thought of a simple, fresh tomato pasta makes me hungry right now for some, lol. Thanks for linking up to Merry Mondays!

  10. Cherry tomatoes are one of my favorite types of tomatoes to grow. I can always count on them.
    My favorite thing about this recipe is the use of herbs with the tomatoes...whatever kind you have!
    Thanks for linking this week!

  11. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I can't wait to see what you share this week! Its LIVE!


  12. Love cherry tomatoes! I think I will try growing them in a pot.

  13. great recipe. Judee, and just in time for the heat of summer. We are revamping our meal plans and want lighter fare now.

  14. Oh oh oh -- perfect for summer -- no cooking and the sauce is versatile.

  15. Your tomato and zucchini recipe sounds more like a salad than a pasta. Very light!

    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  16. Love the marinade recipe -- so simple, so fresh and nutritious and no cooking required. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I do have quite a few right now, and this would be a perfect use, though I'd probably give them a whirl in the blender.

  18. Good and simple. A winner. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  19. I love fresh cherry tomato sauce and even better when it's on zucchini noodles. Perfect for summer. ;-)


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