Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

Nothing beats a fresh tomato from the garden in the middle of Summer.
These Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella are the perfect appetizer!

Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

We made it back from our Florida vacation {only to have another one looming on the horizon}, but nonetheless I'm back and I picked my first tomatoes from my garden!

I felt like they took forever this Summer to turn red. Saying this I'm still waiting on my big boys to ripen. When they do I'll be inundated. I'll be up to my ears in the darn things. Until then we are enjoying these juicy red cherry tomatoes.

My 10 year old helped me pick the other night {of all the kids, she loves them the most}. I literally laid on the ground and threw them out to her. It was a jungle in there.

Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

I wanted to create something fresh with these beauties, initially thinking about my classic bruschetta or my creamy, cheesy cherry tomato dip - but in the end settled on marinating them.

Because I'm a food blogger and of course always need to create something new, right?

Imagine living with me.

This appetizer is so simple! And fresh. Not to mention flavorful. If you love a great tomato with a tangy, zesty dressing, this dish is for you.

Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

These marinated tomatoes are a great dish to bring to a Summer party. They only need 2-3 hours in the fridge to get all those flavors married together - BUT - if they go longer it's no problem! The tomatoes only get more flavorful.

Then when getting ready to serve, toss in chunks of fresh mozzarella - because fresh cheese pairs perfectly with garden produce. It's like a great salad without any lettuce.

And let's not forget the bread!

Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

The day before I made this recipe my son and I went to the store {in a different town mind you} for the ingredients. Upon arriving home, I realized the beloved baguette I just had purchased {again, in a town 10 miles away} was not in my van.

My beloved son, whom is clearly in that "my head isn't connected to my body" stage of life, had left it in the shopping cart while loading up the van.


I promptly texted a photo to the husband {of the said baguette} so he'd know what I was talking about, asking him to pick another one up on the way home.

Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

He said, "please remind me again before I leave".

I forgot to remind him.

He forgot the baguette.


So in an effort to TEACH THE SON A LESSON, they loaded back up once home and drove back to that store {again, 10 miles away} and bought another baguette.

You see, this recipe almost never came to fruition. I had to have the baguette, because it is absolutely just delicious sliced and toasted and topped with these marinated tomatoes. Absolutely stinking delicious. I'm sure you'll find that out.
Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

I cannot wait to see how much you love this one guys!

Go pick some tomatoes. Stop at that farmer's market and buy some. Steal them from a neighbor. Make this as an appetizer or a meal. No judgements here!

Be sure to tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} when you dive in, I'd love to share your photo!

Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

Marinated Garden Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella
Yield: 18
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 Mininactive time: 3 HourTotal time: 3 H & 5 M
Fresh garden tomatoes are marinated in oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and fresh herbs. Tossed with fresh mozzarella and eaten on a toasted will be your favorite Summer appetizer!


  • 18 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 T dried minced onion
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 3 T fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1 small log fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes
  • 1 whole baguette, sliced & toasted


  1. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and place into a bowl.
  2. In a mason jar combine the dressing ingredients - olive oil, vinegar, honey, spices and herbs. Put the lid on the jar and shake to combine.
  3. Pour the marinade over the tomatoes and toss. Keep in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  4. Before serving stir the tomatoes and add in the cubed fresh mozzarella.
  5. Slice the baguette and toast in the oven for a few minutes a side just until golden. Serve the toasted baguette slices with the marinated tomatoes.

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