This Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette comes together with just a few ingredients and in only a few minutes! It’s a perfect addition to any salad or veggies.
I would just like to say, it’s about dang time this recipe finally got it’s own post. This is one dressing I keep on hand ALOT, because it’s super easy and versatile. I eat salad everyday for lunch, and we also serve it every night with dinner. I never buy dressing at the store. Not because I don’t think it’s convenient (it is), but honestly, because I don’t like any of it. I find home made dressing to be sooooooooo good, which is the main reason why I eat salad so much. I LOVE IT!!!! It’s also super easy to make, and all of my dressings take less than 5 minutes to make. Including this one.
Salad is one of these foods that can get boring really fast if you don’t change things up. I can tell you that I have happily eaten salad everyday for years (I can’t really think of many days I skipped it), and I can never get tired of it. Mainly because I always switch it up, change my dressings or the “theme” of the salad. This easy Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette is one that can stay fresh in the fridge for a few weeks, and can go on ANYTHING!! I actually have it as a dressing to my popular Grilled Sweet Potato Salad. A fun summer side dish that is fantastic to serve to guests, but also a great dish to bring to a potluck.
Recently, a friend of mine was asking for fun ideas for salad toppings since she is trying to eat salad everyday for lunch. Such a better and uplifting topic than many of the things I have seen on FB lately……….. Just putting that out there. Anyhow, I gave her a list of some of my favorites besides the traditional tomato, cucumber, onion. I absolutely love different textures. Crunchy beets, marinated artichoke hearts, pepperoncicnis (like up there with my top 5 foods I can’t live without), avocado, radishes, hemp hearts, almonds, pistachios, shaved brussel sprouts, bell pepper, chickpeas, fresh herbs like cilantro/basil/mint are a few of my favorite salad toppings. The greens are usually always arugula (top 5 food I cannot live without), but I also add in at least another green to mix up my nutrients.
So who wants to join in on a salad challenge? Challenge yourself to eat at least 1 salad for the rest of year? A fun way to make sure you add in a bit of greens, but also give your ways to be creative and find new ideas!
Start with this dressing!
Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 medium size vine ripened tomatoes cut into quarters
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tsp liquid smoke*
- ¾ cup avocado or olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt + more to taste
- 1/3 tsp black pepper + more to taste
- Begin by placing tomato, vinegar, garlic, and liquid smoke into a high powered blender or food processor. Blend for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until dressing begins to get smooth.
- While motor is running, slowly pour in oil. Sprinkle in salt and pepper. Continue to blend until no chunks of tomato remain.
- Taste and adjust to add more salt or pepper (if needed).
- Serve over a bed of greens, or grilled vegetables.
*Liquid smoke can be found in the condiment aisle near the BBQ sauce in most grocery stores. Be sure to check for ingredients, as some brands have a caramel coloring that is not necessary.