Tomatoes with Coriander Vinaigrette

hello summer salad!

Tomato & Basil=Caprese Salad. Tomato & Cilantro= Salsa. Right? Here's a salad that's sort of a hybrid of the two. Which means you can now eat salsa with a fork and knife! Chips are not invited to this party.

tomato loot

What you'll find here is a surprisingly delicious/refreshing/light sliced tomato salad with a little sharp kick of red onions, a toasty coriander undertone and a nice tang of red wine vinegar. Talk about tomato enhancing! A salad that is slightly reminiscent of salsa but then totally not. If you happen to have leftover Scalloped Corn & this tomato salad, do yourself a favor and grill a piece of bread, top it with a little leftover corn and a few slabs of tomato. You'll love it. I know this. What are you waiting for? Put those tomatoes to good use. Time's a tickin'!

And we're off!

Chop the red onion.


Take a garlic clove and smash it with a knife. Add a pinch of salt on top and make a paste.

garlic + salt

With the back of your knife, you're gonna keep smashing/pressing the garlic until it looks like this.

garlic paste!

Put the red onion, vinegar, olive oil & garlic in a jar. Add a pinch of pepper & salt.

dressing in progress

Toast coriander seeds in a dry skillet. Put it in a spice grinder. GRIND!

toasted coriander

Add the coriander powder & cayenne pepper to the vinaigrette. SHAKE.

adding in the coriander & cayenne

Slice up the tomatoes.

tomato slicing

Lay them in a dish. Sprinkle with salt.


Sprinkle the top with the little tomatoes. I cut mine in half.

adding on the little tomotoes

Pour the dressing on top.



yum town!

Chop up the cilantro.

hello, cilantro!

Mix it in with the tomatoes.

tomatoes with coriander vinaigrette

Definitely not salsa. Definitely wonderful tasting.

Tomatoes with Coriander Vinaigrette

(recipe adapted from Heart of the Artichoke by David Tanis)

Serves 6-8

  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 garlic glove, smashed to a paste with a little salt
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 2 lbs. ripe tomatoes, various sizes & colors
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

In a small bowl, mix the vinaigrette, staring with the onion, garlic, vinegar and salt & pepper. Stir in the olive oil. Alternately, put all of the ingredients in a jar and seal with a lid & shake!

Toast the coriander seeds in a dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant. Transfer to an electric spice grinder or a mortar and grind/pound to a powder. Stir into the vinaigrette and add the cayenne.

Cut the tomatoes into thick slices and arrange in a random pattern on a large serving platter. Lightly season with salt. Just before serving, spoon the vinaigrette on top of the tomatoes and top with chopped cilantro leaves.

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  • September 1, 2011

    These tomatoes look fantastic. I might have to put a little goat cheese on that toasted bread for my leftover corn and tomato sandwich.

  • September 1, 2011

    I love the combination of tomatoes and coriander! Reminds me of the salad we had the other night (which I totally plan on re-creating!).

  • Stephanie C.
    September 1, 2011

    I am excited. Yeah I am excited about tomatoes, garlic and red wine Vinegar. I was so looking forward to this recipe, thanks for sharing.

  • September 1, 2011

    yum! whenever i read the word "coriander" i hear it in nigella lawson's voice

    • September 1, 2011

      EXACTLY. That should be my text message alert. So doing it.

  • September 1, 2011

    There is almost nothing better than fresh tomatoes at this time of year. This coming from a girl who just baked three pies.

    • September 2, 2011

      mmmm pie!! What kinds??

  • September 1, 2011

    yum! this looks great!

  • September 2, 2011

    I've been looking for a fried green tomatoes recipe for ages. Then I find this. It's not fried green tomatoes at all. But it is tomatoes. And delicious :-)

    • September 2, 2011

      Haha! I'm on the look out for a fried green tomato recipe...did you find one?? I have a big fat green tomato in the backyard that's calling to me...

  • Christine
    September 2, 2011

    I'm taking this to a potluck tomorrow and keep summer alive just a little bit's only 5 degrees above freezing here this morning *yuck*

    • September 2, 2011

      Oh dear! KEEP SUMMER ALIVE. DO IT. Even if it's cold!

  • September 2, 2011

    That first picture is fantastic; I really love the colors, and the fonts you used. :-) This sounds like a fast and delicious way to use up some of the mountain of tomatoes we got from our CSA this week.

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