Recipe: Oven Dried Tomatoes aka The Best Salad Topping Ever

Best sAlad topping ever - oven dried tomatoes

(Healthcastle.com) Salads get boring, but we know we need to get those daily leafy greens! Enter one of my salad savers. These oven dried tomatoes are chewy, sweet and bursting with flavour. Bet you can't eat just one! 

The biggest reason my clients fall off the wagon with eating dark leafy greens daily is that they get bored. Leaves with dressing is only interesting for so long- particularly with the siren call of quick and convenient takeout and fast food on every corner. Keep salads fresh and interesting by mixing up your toppings. Roasted chickpeas or toasted corn tortilla strips make a great crunchy addition, fresh mint or scallions boosts flavour and add texture, and these babies make your salad worthy of going for seconds.  

Don't be put off by the long cooking time - these are really forgiving (they won't turn to ash if you leave them an extra minute or two) and require almost no prep. These beauties are good enough that only about half the batch ever makes it to the salad in my house! They do make a great veggie snack aside from being a fab salad topping. Not to mention a great way to amp up the vitamin C and potent anti-oxidant lycopene in your bowl. Seriously, all my will power was needed to leave them alone long enough to get some pictures. 

Recipe: Oven Dried Tomatoes

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • small pinch of salt
  • pepper (be generous unless you have little ones who are sensitive to it)

Preheat oven to 325F. 

Toss tomatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. 

Place skin side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. 

Roast for 45-60 minutes until dried -edges are shrunken in and browning and most the juice has reduced to syrupy goodness.  

Throw these and some fresh basil in to your usual greens mix and enjoy!

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