Cherry Tomatoes With Herbs, Balsamic, and Mozzarella

"I think I got the original idea for this recipe from a South Beach diet cook book, but have modified it throughout the years. This is a good snack to bring with you to work. When I don't have cherry tomatoes on hand, I sub two or three sliced roma tomatoes (with a bit of shredded mozzarella sprinkled on top instead of the chopped cheese stick). This makes a lot of "juice" if let sit for 30 mins or longer, so sometimes I'll serve this over a bed of romaine (it's my boyfriend's favorite "salad dressing"). I use dried herbs, but I'm sure fresh would be amazing! (I've tried starting several herb gardens over the years, but now that I am finally in a house and settled in one place, hopefully I'll be more successful!) Prep time includes 30 minutes for marinating."
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  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved (or 2 to 3 sliced roma tomatoes)
  • 12 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 12 teaspoons basil
  • 14 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 green onion, sliced (I use two or three onions if serving in a salad)
  • 1 stick mozzarella string cheese, coarsley chopped (I use shredded mozzarella if using roma tomatoes or serving in a salad)


  • In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients except cheese.
  • Let marinate on the counter for at least 30 minutes (longer is always better).
  • Add cheese just before serving.
  • Great by itself or served over a salad.

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