A Side of Tomato Salad

Tomato Salad perfect side dish to any meal.

My neighbor was grappling with what side dish to make with her Seared Ahi Tuna for Christmas Eve.  She wanted something that she had never made before and had to be different than the usual greens she served with the dish.

So, I jumped at this opportunity.  I told her that I accept the challenge! I did so in my best Chairman Mark Dacascos’s voice.

Just be glad that you were not there to hear my impression of the chairman

Now, I know what you must be thinking. “Where is the Challenge????”, you ask begrudgingly . Yes, your scoffing is coming through loud and clear over all the fiber optic cables and through my monitor! :)

“How hard is it to whip up a quick side dish and serve it alongside the ahi?”, you ask again!

Well, let me give you the reason behind why I am referring to this as my “breaking-out-in-a-sweat” kind of challenge.

I am a vegetarian who has NEVER tasted fish and therefore, NEVER tasted seared ahi tuna. So, how am I supposed to know what kind of taste goes with it? Therein, lies my challenge.

Tomato Salad perfect side dish to any meal.

First, I tried to purchase imitation fish to see what it would taste like. That soy protein was the most vile ever and I am never ever eating that AGAIN!

So, I went online and got a general idea of what it would taste like. Believe it or not, someone on asked that same question on Yahoo Answers.

Since it is raw fish and the taste really depends on the sauce it is paired with, I figured that a simple recipe with Christmas favorites will do the trick.

What I came up with was the Cherry Tomato Salad.  This turned out so good and just got confirmation from my neighbor that it was a hit with her guests.

Sadly, she did not take a picture of what the presented dish looked likeā€¦.

This recipe is so simple to make and it can be made quickly with just a few things from the pantry. Try it and tell us what you think.

My neighbor was making the sesame crusted seared ahi tuna recipe from this “Life Tastes Like Food” blog. She swears by it and has been making it for a couple years.

Tomato Salad perfect side dish to any meal.

 The above picture of Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna is courtesy of “Life Tastes Like Food”

Was there any dish that you found challenging and why was it a challenge for you?

How to make a side of tomato salad

A Side of Tomato Salad

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 cup

Serving Size: 1

A Side of Tomato Salad


1 cup of red cherry tomatoes

1 cup of yellow grape seed tomatoes

4 leaves of mint

1 Cinnamon stick

Freshly ground nutmeg

3 tsp of honey

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil


  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Warm up the honey in the microwave for 20 seconds
  3. Chop the mint leaves finely
  4. Preparation
  5. In a pan that can be placed in the oven, add the oil
  6. Place the tomatoes in the pan and coat with the oil. Use your hands.
  7. Add the honey, salt and nutmeg
  8. Toss again using your hands
  9. Heat on the oven for a few minutes
  10. Add the mint leaves and place in the oven
  11. Bake for 10 minutes or until the tomato skin starts to crimp.
  12. Remove from the oven
  13. Serve while still warm.


    • says

      Thank you Susie. It is a common misconception that vegetarians eat fish and other seafood. That is not true at all. Vegetarians don’t eat any seafood or animals. Fish is considered seafood to vegetarians. Pescetarians, on the other hand, eat fish and other seafood. They don’t eat any other meats like Beef, Chicken, etc. “To each his own”, I always say.

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