Sundried Tomato and Thyme Vinaigrette

April 21, 2011

This easy vinaigrette is made with sweet sundried tomatoes, earthy thyme and tangy balsamic vinegar.    

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When I worked in a bakery back in high school and college, my absolute favorite bread was Sundried Tomato and Swiss. The name, which seems a bit boring when I hear it now, didn’t do the flavor any justice. It was a slightly crusty bread with a soft center and tangy pieces of sundried tomato throughout. A little hot sauce in the dough gave it a bit of a kick.

That bread was likely my first experience with sundried tomatoes. Not knowing what else to use them for besides as a Panini or sandwich topping, I went through a bit of a sundried tomato dry spell until we moved to Brazil.

There I rediscovered them in the form of the sundried tomato and arugula combination. We could get this combination on everything from pizza, to inside pastel (fried pastry), to a topping for pasta.

Since returning to the US I’ve gotten a little more adventurous with sundried tomatoes, recreating some of the things we had in Brazil and trying some new creations. The goat cheese platter covered in marinated sundried tomatoes from Tupelo Honey in Asheville last month comes to mind.

Sundried Tomato and Thyme Vinaigrette Recipe | Fake Food Free

Despite my attempt at creativity, I still have an entire bag sitting in my pantry. I realize that this isn’t a bad problem to have, but it still has me looking for more and more ways to use them.

Tonight they found their way into our salad dressing.

Using some of the fresh thyme coming up in our herb garden, I combined the sundried tomatoes and some garlic for a thick dressing that is also light and full of flavor. This is the type of dressing that will go great on a steak-house style wedge salad with some blue cheese or over spring garden greens with a little sprinkle of feta.

Sundried Tomato and Thyme Vinaigrette Recipe | Fake Food Free

Sundried Tomato and Thyme Vinaigrette
Makes: 4 servings
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  1. ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  2. ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped (mine were packed without oil)
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  5. 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place ¼ cup of the olive oil in a small sauce pan. Turn the heat to low, and add the sundried tomatoes and garlic. Turn the heat up slightly until the oil begins to simmer. Watch it closely and reduce heat if necessary. Allow it to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Remove from heat, stir in the thyme, and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Place the dressing in a small food processor. Add the remaining olive oil and vinegar. Pulse until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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  • Deb in Hawaii April 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I love really flavorful vinaigrettes and this looks wonderful. I love the tomato-thyme combination.

  • TasteHongKong April 22, 2011 at 3:16 am

    The salad must be more appetizing with your vinaigrette, not to mention that it is also visually good with the greens.

  • Beth Dotson Brown April 22, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I love using them at this time of year when I’m anticipating the arrival of fresh tomatoes. I’m going to try some of your ideas. I like throwing them into scrambled eggs in the morning.

  • Mindy April 22, 2011 at 9:18 am

    What a great idea! Sometimes I get in such a rut and forget that I have good things around the house to experiment with–this reminds me to be more imaginative! :-)

  • kat April 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

    A great addition to a salad

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living April 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I LOVE sundried tomatoes, and actually just enjoyed a big salad topped with them today for lunch. It would have been even tastier with this vinaigrette!

  • Fresh Local and Best April 24, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I just happen to have a bunch of sun dried tomatoes and this looks like a good and simple recipe to try. I hope your early gardening efforts are going well!

  • 5 Star Foodie April 26, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Such a flavorful and delicious dressing, the pairing of sundried tomatoes and thyme is an excellent idea.

  • Michelle @ Find Your Balance April 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Mmmm heck yeah that sounds great!

  • Lori April 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Deb – It turned out to be a good combo!

    TasteHongKong – Thanks! It is a beautiful shade of red.

    Beth – That’s such a great idea. Definitely going to add them to my eggs.

    Mindy – I’m the same way.

    kat – Thanks!

    Lauren – They are such a great salad topping.

    Fresh Local Best – We are getting lots of rain, but the greens and asparagus are loving it!

    5 Star – Thanks!

    Michelle – Thanks, it’s a new fave around here.