Cherry Tomato Salad with Soy Sauce

MAKES: 4 servings

TIME: 15 to 30 minutes

The combination of soy sauce and tomatoes is fantastic, and because cherry and grape tomatoes are among the few supermarket fruits that are actually worth eating in winter, this dish can help quench your cravings until the summertime slicers are back.

If you have time, let this salad sit at room temperature for up to 15 minutes to release some of the juice from the tomatoes. The dressing tints them with a deeply flavored mahogany glaze.

2 tablespoons soy sauce, plus more to taste

Pinch sugar

2 teaspoons dark sesame oil

4 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved crosswise

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, preferably Thai basil

Freshly ground black pepper

01 Combine the soy sauce, sugar, and oil in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes and basil and sprinkle liberally with pepper. Stir gently to coat the tomatoes with the dressing.

02 Let stand at room temperature for up to 15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Taste, add more soy sauce and black pepper if you like, and serve.