Tomato Basil Chutney with fresh basil is simple and so delicious on fish, beans, chicken, whatever. You are gonna love this recipe.
Tomato Basil Chutney makes an excellent salad or condiment.
I cannot remember where I original found this recipe, but it is absolutely smashing as an accompaniment to grilled fish, simple lentils or Black Bean Ful. You can add it to a salad for a touch of beauty and a whole lot of flavor. Tomato Basil Chutney has become one of my all-time "go-to" recipes, and it takes about 10-15 minutes to prepare.
For best results, use fresh basil, but dried will work too. I tend to use grape or cherry tomatoes—especially in the winter and early spring when fresh, local tomatoes are not available—but you can use any tomato for this. I believe the original recipe called for campari tomatoes. Those are the small tomatoes that come together in a group with the stems still attached.
You'll need basil. Basil has a little licorice flavor and it is a wonderful addition to many recipes, including tomato sauce, salads and Bruschetta. It is one of my favorite herbs. Don makes an excellent Pesto Besto basil pesto from the basil we grow on our porch each summer.
Finally, you will need minced garlic. I use a Pampered Chef garlic press if I mince my own garlic. It's sturdy and works great. I find it easier to clean if I leave the skin on the garlic clove when I press it. Have you tried that?
But lately, I have been buying the jarred minced garlic. It's such a time saver.
What You Need
Every kitchen should have the very best tools you can afford. For this recipe you need a bowl, measuring cups and spoons, wire whisk, good knife, and a cutting board. Simple tools, and I highly recommend getting some good knives.
Tomato Basil Chutney Recipe
Tomato Basil Chutney
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 2-3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups grape tomatoes cut in quarters
- ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
- Mix until emulsified: cumin, garlic, oil, vinegar and salt and pepper.
- In a medium bowl, lightly mix the basil and tomatoes.
- Pour the oil mixture over the tomatoes and basil.
- Stir gently and serve.
Recipe Nutrition Information
This recipe is GF, DF, NF, SF, EF, CF (use sea salt), V, VG*
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GF = Gluten free | DF = Dairy free | NF = Nut free | SF = Soy free | EF = Egg free | CF = Corn free | V = Vegetarian | VG = Vegan
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This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop May 2, 2016 and updated August 26, 2021.
Lois Carter Crawford is an author, home chef, health advocate, and food coach who fought her way back from several debilitating health issues, including a moderate heart attack! She discovered that inflammation caused by the food she ate was the underlying cause of most of her health problems and developed a method and tools to help others research their food sensitivities.