can’t get this salad out of my head September 23, 2015

tomato, olive, caper and mint salad | running with tweezers

It’s been a week or two since I’ve been back from Lummi Island…and I cannot for the life of me get this salad out of my head. So much so that I brought ingredients for it to our beach trip this week – we’ve eaten it twice in the 3 days we’ve been here.¬†Andrea Gentl just casually threw this together one evening during the workshop and, as she kept adding ingredients freestyle, my mind was blown. HOW HAVE I NEVER THOUGHT TO ADD CAPER BERRIES TO A SALAD?!

While we had our version made with incredibly ripe chunks of local tomato, I think the great thing about this salad is it’s really dynamic with whatever tomatoes you have on hand. These days, there are lovely cherry and grape tomatoes available year round – make this with some of those. The rest of it is a jumble of easily attainable ingredients and some pantry staples. The combination of sweet tomatoes, briny capers and olives and the sharpness of the onions….and then the mint swoops in and lightens everything up. It’s a revelation.

Tomato, Olive, Caper and Mint Salad Рserves 4 as a side dish 

  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 15.75 ounce jar of caper berries, halved
  • 1/3 cup pitted green olives, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small white or yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • a healthy glug of good olive oil – about 1 1/2 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. mint leaves, roughly chopped right before serving

– In a large bowl, mix together the cherry tomatoes, caper berries, olives and onion. Drizzle over the olive oil and the red wine vinegar and give it a stir. Season to taste with fresh ground pepper. Right before serving, add the fresh mint, stir once more and serve immediately.


Allyson Sep 23, 2015 11:09 am

Those capers are huge! The flavors sound like puttanesca turned into a salad, which I think is a great idea.

andrea gentl Sep 29, 2015 07:09 am

lady! thanks so much for the kind words. I find the best meals are often thrown together surrounded by friends and this one was no exception to that rule!
inspired fresh ingredients don’t hurt either!
hope to see you soon!

KalynsKitchen Oct 1, 2015 09:10 am

Good morning! Just letting you know that I just featured this recipe in my 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes round-up. Hope a lot of my readers will come over here and check it out! And I can’t wait to try this combination. I even have mint growing in my window!

Denise Oct 20, 2015 10:10 pm

Gorgeous salad and those ingredients are perfection – all my favorite flavors mixed together! I am definitely wanting to take this workshop after our conversation – your work was gorgeous and the passion you felt was contagious!

Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish Oct 29, 2015 09:10 am

What a glorious salad! I love the layers of flavors and the colors…my kind of meal!

howstodo Dec 11, 2015 11:12 am

I think its a best salad for healthiest life.