Tomato and Warm Shallot Salad

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Today I woke up this morning with one thought on my mind, “gosh, I feel so grateful.” Nothing in particular happened, but I just felt very fortunate for some reason this am. Perhaps, it was residual giddiness from the community burger social my apartment building had last night. Como Water supplied the dessert–gelato, sorbet, and vegan ice cream. The flavors were miiiiiiigghty tasty: roasted strawberry oreo, chocolate hazelnut, vanilla chai, hibiscus cherry, and lime toasted coconut (vegan). And they were a hit! There’s nothing like the feeling of folks’ appreciating your food, or like the feeling of waking up inundated by gratitude, OR like a simple, slightly elegant tomato salad. So, with that I leave you with a recipe…

Tomato and Warm Shallot Salad

(Printable Recipe)


1 dry pint grape tomatoes–cut in half

1 large shallot–diced finely

2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divide

1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

pinch salt

pinch black pepper


*Prep tomatoes and plate. Saute shallot in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until soft. Whisk oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, shallot mixture, and mustard. Pour warm shallot vinaigrette over tomatoes. Serve.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Hmm, yum, I’m loving this recipe, Tiffany. Have a good rest of the week. 🙂

  2. I see this salad and I just think about the brightness of the flavors!! Talk about a burst of summer in your mouth!! 🙂

  3. Simple & Tasty … Happy Wednesday 🙂

  4. Hooray for feeling grateful and content! We could all use a little bit more of that. I live for those moments where I stop and realize just how thankful I am for everything. I’m trying to do it much more often 🙂

  5. A warm salad like this perfect my friend, it look delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Thanks for such a simple recipe that looks so fresh! The addition of honey mustartd is a great idea- can’t wait to see how it tastes!

  7. This sounds wonderful! Last weekend we made green beans, onions and garlic sauteed, soooooooo delicious:-) I love simple veggie dishes, so fun to make AND eat 🙂 Hugs, Terra

  8. Tasty and fresh – a great way to use our gazillion garden tomatoes! Thanks for sharing!

  9. So simple, yet so yummy sounding. I thing this would be a perfect side for a veggie burger!

  10. The burger social sounds like fun and the desserts, delicious. A lovely simple recipe bursting with flavour, Tiffany. When tomatoes are treated with respect they can be food of the gods!

  11. This is a great side dish! It looks so simple and flavorful, I can’t wait to make it! That is so neat that your apartment had a social, it’s great to feel like you’re part of a community– we definitely need more of that in this day of age!

  12. beautiful salad! and omg do those ice cream flavors all sound incredible! awesome job!

  13. That warm shallot dressing looks amazing–I would love that on a green salad too.

  14. Thanks for the comments everyone! 😀

  15. I am loving this salad and the warm shallot viniagrette, gotta try that. No doubt your dessert was a hit, tasty ingredients. Cheers!