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10 Pretty Ways to Use Tomatoes as Garnish

Raw Sauce

This delectable garnish not only has visual appeal, but it will leave your taste buds singing, too. Whip up a raw tomato garnish by chopping a couple of chilled tomatoes and adding a shallot (a relative to the onion, only smaller and with a milder flavor). For the finishing touch, mix in a tablespoon each of balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil. This raw tomato sauce is brightly flavored and makes the perfect addition to a colorful vegetable, like asparagus or Brussels sprouts. Steam the vegetables or blanch them for a moment or two in hot water to preserve the green hue. Top them with this red garnish to create a visual impact that's almost too pretty to eat. Plus, the temperature of the chilled sauce will drop as it interacts with the warm vegetables, enhancing its flavor.

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