Tomato-Basil Topping

diced tomato and chopped basil on bruschetta
Prep Time: 
40 minutes
Number of Servings: 
6 servings
Recipe Source: 
Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings by Elle Simone Scott ($30, America’s Test Kitchen, 2022)


  • 12 oz cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 12 tsp table salt
  • 14 tsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 14 tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil


  • Salad spinner


  1. Combine tomatoes, salt, and sugar in a bowl and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Transfer tomatoes to a salad spinner and spin until excess liquid has been removed, 45 to 60 seconds, redistributing tomatoes several times during spinning.
  3. Return tomatoes to bowl along with oil, vinegar, and pepper and toss to combine. (Tomato mixture can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours; bring to room temperature before serving.) Stir in basil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Info: 
72 Calories, 1 g Protein, 2 g Carbohydrates, 2 g Total sugars (0 g Added sugars), 1 g Fiber, 7 g Total fat (1 g sat), 157 mg Sodium, Vitamin C, E, K

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Elle Simone Scott

Elle Simone Scott is a culinary maverick. Always drawn to creative food culture, Elle has been dazzling the culinary world since 2006, quickly becoming a highly sought after freelance Food Stylist and Culinary Producer.

Elle has collaborated and contributed her unique styling abilities to Food Network, Food Network Magazine, The Cooking Channel, The Katie Couric Show, CBS Corporation, ABC’s The Chew and Bravo's Chef Roble and Co.