CHERRY OR GRAPE TOMATO SALAD WITH FRESH HERBED DRESSING
4 to 6 servings
In a small bowl, combine vinegar and sugar. With a wire whisk, gradually whisk in oil until mixture is smooth and well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in parsley, basil, and oregano; set aside.
Prepare tomatoes and green onions. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes and green onions. Add desired amount of dressing, tossing mixture gently but well to coat tomatoes thoroughly. Cover and marinate tomatoes for at least one hour at room temperature. Just before serving, adjust seasoning to taste.
To serve, arrange lettuce leaves on 4 to 6 salad plates. With a slotted spoon, spoon tomato/onion/herb mixture onto each lettuce-lined salad plate, dividing evenly. May drizzle a small amount of marinade over each salad, if desired. Garnish each salad with a sprig of fresh basil and oregano.
Variations: Add 1/3 cup chopped celery to tomato mixture. Add 1/3 cup chopped green or sweet yellow pepper or a combination to tomato mixture.