Taste of the Ozarks: Marinated Tomatoes

MARINATED TOMATOES

4-5 tomatoes (on the vine), sliced ½-inch thick
1/3 cup (85ml) extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 large clove (or two small cloves) garlic, finely minced or crushed
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley, plus additional for garnish
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil, plus additional for garnish
1 (16 oz.) log of fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Cut the tomatoes into 1/2-inch thick slices and arrange in a single layer in a large, shallow dish.

2. In a jar, combine oil, balsamic, honey, onion, garlic, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Close the lid and shake vigorously to emulsify and pour over the tomatoes in the dish.

3. Cover and marinate for 2 to 3 hours on the counter or more in the refrigerator. Bring chilled tomatoes to room temperature before serving and garnish with mozzarella and additional chopped fresh herbs, if you want. Enjoy!