"Naked" Cherry Tomato Salad


I wanted to try this technique after having similar skinless cherry tomatoes at a Japanese restaurant. Cherry tomato skins can sometimes be tough, and you really don't notice that until it's not there anymore. Choose the most perfect tomatoes you can find for this recipe.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 mins
Additional Time:
39 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 "amuse bouche" sized portions


  • 24 cherry tomatoes

  • 4 small leaves fresh mint

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Coarse sea salt for finishing


  1. Cut small, shallow X on the bottom of each tomato. Remove any stems. Place some ice cubes in a bowl of water.

  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and stir them gently until skin begins to peel back from Xs, about 10 to 20 seconds. Immediately transfer tomatoes to ice water with a slotted spoon.

  3. Gently peel off skins and place "naked" tomatoes in a bowl.

  4. Place mint leaves in a small bowl. Add vinegar, olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Mix until well blended, bruising the mint leaves to release the flavor. Drizzle over tomatoes. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, 30 to 60 minutes. About halfway through chilling, gently stir to coat tomatoes in dressing.

  5. Drizzle with a few drops of sherry vinegar and olive oil, if desired. Serve drizzled with dressing and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

55 Calories
5g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 154mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.