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Cherry Tomato Salad with Soy Sauce and Basil

The combination of ingredients in this salad may seem unusual; but the end result is worth it. Quality ingredients in, equal a better final dish. I enjoy this dish as a side or even as a stand-alone lunch.

Serves 2

Note: This recipe can easily be adjusted by doubling ingredients, etc.


  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons good quality soy sauce, or more according to your taste (make sure soy sauce is made with real soy)
  • Pinch of sugar (cane sugar is better than refined)
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup chopped basil, quantity based upon preference
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Slice cherry tomatoes crosswise and set aside
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the soy sauce, sugar, and oil stirring to incorporate ensuring sugar is dissolved
  3. Add tomatoes and basil to the sauce, folding so that tomatoes are coated
  4. Grind a healthy amount freshly ground pepper into the mixture and stir to combine
  5. Allow salad to stand for at 30 minutes at room temperature prior to serving.




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