No-Cook Summer Tomato Sauce

This incredibly simple tomato sauce is Chicago chef Tony Mantuano’s secret weapon in the summer. He marinates peak season tomatoes with olive oil, basil and shallots before spooning the over grilled fish or piling it on grilled bread. Tony also loves to toss the sauce with chopped fresh mozzarella, cooked pasta and olive oil. Slideshow:  More Tomato Recipes 

No-Cook Summer Tomato Sauce
Photo: Abby Hocking / Food & Wine
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 cups


  • 3 pounds finely chopped tomatoes, preferably Heirloom, Roma or cherry tomatoes

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • 10 basil leaves, torn

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Let the sauce marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

Related Articles