I use whole pieces of garlic, cut in half, for this salad. Ernesto Noviello always ate the garlic pieces. He would say "It's good for the blood". Garlic has a lot of health benefits and most Mediterranean diets include garlic which is thought to be one of the healthiest diets you can eat.
18 to 24 combination of cherry, pear and grape tomatoes, cut in half
2 cloves garlic, trimmed and cut in half
8 leaves of basil, chiffonade
Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
Red wine or champagne vinegar, to taste
Sea salt or kosher salt & coarsely ground black pepper, to taste
Mix the tomatoes, garlic and basil together in a bowl. Drizzle in some olive oil and vinegar, to taste, then season with salt & pepper and set aside for 30 minutes for the flavors to combine.
The garlic can be picked out before serving or just not eaten.