Tomato Salad

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This classic Tomato Salad recipe is simple as can be, healthy, and easy to customize! It is the perfect summer salad when tomatoes are ripe and at their peak!

Tomato Salad

Tomato Salad

You say tomato, I say tomato…really, we all just love tomatoes, right?! If you’ve ever smelled a ripe tomato still on the vine, you know exactly where my obsession began. Fresh garden tomatoes are my very favorite and one of the reasons I love summer so much. You can see some of my favorite fresh tomato recipes here. And I have another good one for you today, Tomato Salad! It’s an EASY one!

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious side dish, this simple tomato salad recipe comes together in just a couple minutes and can be customized to fit in with any meal you’re making. It really lets the tomatoes shine while still including amazing flavors!

Tomato Salad Recipe

How to Make Tomato Salad

Here are a few tips to making sure your tomato salad shines as bright as possible!

  • Using different sizes and colors of tomatoes, especially during the summer months when tomatoes are at their best! This is an amazing way to make this dish look as good as it tastes!
  • Use a sharp knife to slice your red onion as thinly as possible.
  • Use the highest quality olive oil you can find. This makes a huge difference in a salad like this where it’s an ingredient you’ll really taste rather than one you’re just using for cooking.
  • Add a splash of red wine vinegar to add a pop to the tomatoes.
  • Let your tomatoes sit in the seasonings for a while (about an hour) at room temperature before serving. This lets everything absorb and the flavors begin to really complement one another!
Easy Tomato Salad Recipe

Tomato Salad Variations

There are a few other ways to jazz up this easy tomato salad! Of course, don’t do all of these at once, but find the option that sounds the best to you to make a version  of this dish you really love. This is a very flexible tomato salad recipe, use what you have on hand and mix it up every time!

  • Make my Basil Vinaigrette and drizzle it over the tomato salad
  • Add in small mozzarella balls (bocconcini), you can find them at most grocery stores. Or cut up or tear regular fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Use this simple Balsamic Vinaigrette as a topping
  • Crumble feta cheese over the tomato salad for a Greek-inspired option. You can even add in some fresh cucumbers
  • Toss your tomato salad with Spinach Basil Pesto for extra flavor
  • I always finish my tomato salad with fresh basil, but feel free to add your favorite herbs. Chives, dill, parsley, mint, and oregano are good options.
Summer Tomato Salad

How to Store Tomato Salad

Tomato salad is best the day it’s made, but you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days. You can use these leftovers on avocado toast, in salads, or as a side dish on their own and they’re so good every time. I love making garlic bread to go with tomato salad, SO good! You can also serve grilled chicken, fish, or steak with tomato salad…or any pasta dish! It really is the perfect side dish to any summer meal!

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Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Tomato Salad

This classic Tomato Salad recipe is simple as can be, healthy, and easy to customize! It is the perfect summer salad when tomatoes are ripe and at their peak! 

Prep Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
4

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. mixed heirloom tomatoes, preferably various colors and sizes, cut into wedges or halved if small
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 8 to 10 basil leaves
  • Fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini), optional
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the tomatoes and red onion in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar. Gently stir. Add the fresh mozzarella, if using. Garnish with fresh basil and season with salt and black pepper.

  2. You can serve immediately, but if you have time, let the salad sit, tossing occasionally, until juicy and deeply flavored, at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts
Tomato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Potassium 548mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 39.7%
Vitamin C 38.7%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords

gluten free, summer, vegan, vegetarian

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This sounds really good. Love garden fresh tomatoes! I made bruschetta the other night but accidentally poured WAY too much balsamic in, so I may have to try again soon while they’re still super fresh at the market.

  2. This looks so easy and yet so yummy! Do you have a suggestion for a really good olive oil? I’ve been looking for one. Thanks!

  3. I absolutely love the look of it! Thank you for including the tips and awesome ways to jazz up this classic summer favorite, too! <3

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