This delightful recipe, featuring marinated tomatoes with California-grown celery, avocado, and queso fresco, celebrates the Golden State’s bountiful, year-round produce. Simple to prepare and bursting with vibrant flavors, this versatile dish is perfect as a refreshing appetizer, a scrumptious side, or all on its own as a hearty salad that eats like a meal.
Marinating cherry tomatoes is a process that transforms these bite-sized morsels into flavor-packed gems.
To create the perfect marinade, combine high-quality olive oil, tangy lime juice, aromatic garlic, fresh cilantro, and a touch of heat from jalapeño peppers. Allow the tomatoes to bask in this delicious marinade for 12 to 24 hours, ensuring that the flavors all meld together.
As time passes, the cherry tomatoes will develop a deeper, more complex taste profile that will tantalize your taste buds and a tender, succulent texture, making every bite an unforgettable sensory experience, especially when combined with the crunchy celery and creamy avocado in this dish.
Thriving in the fertile soils and sun-drenched fields of California, this vibrant vegetable boasts a crisp texture and a refreshing, slightly earthy taste. The ideal growing conditions, combined with the expertise of local farmers, result in a superior celery that is both nutritious and delicious. In our featured recipe, the California-grown celery adds a delightful crunch, perfectly complementing the marinated tomatoes, creamy avocado, and tangy queso fresco.
This salad is one of those recipes that is completely great on its own, but also it elevates other dishes like flatbread, grilled chicken, and basic leafy greens to all-new heights. Whether you serve it at the table or pack it in your lunch this salad is a total winner that you will bed adding to your regular mealtime rotation.
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