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Heirloom Tomato Salad

June 29, 2020

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Marinated tomatoes in a light dressing make a perfect Heirloom Tomato Salad. This fresh salad can be made with a variety of cherry tomatoes or with just one kind. Use any type you have available – just add a light dressing and fresh basil and you’ve got a delicious salad. 

A white bowl filled with colored tomatoes.

Garden fresh tomatoes are one of the finer things in life! You just can’t beat the amazing flavor of a sun ripened tomato. Great tomatoes are often available from a local farmer’s market. During the peak of tomato season, we can also find these tomatoes at our local grocery store. 

Small cherry tomatoes cut in half and topped with a light dressing.

What is an Heirloom Tomato?

An heirloom tomato is grown from a tomato seed that has been passed down from generation to generation. I usually think of them as an old fashioned tomato. There are several varieties of heirloom tomatoes including heirloom cherry tomatoes. 

Any type of really flavorful tomato would work in this salad. I liked this variety for the color and taste, but use what is available. If using a large tomato, cut into small, bite sized pieces. 

A bowl filled with green, yellow, red and orange cherry tomatoes.

Tomato Salad

These tomatoes are great all by themselves. I have a hard time resisting popping a few of these small tomatoes into my mouth. They are so delicious. Because these are so great all by themselves, I’ve made just a simple vinaigrette that enhances the flavor of the tomatoes. 

Salad dressing in a glass canning jar with a white lid.

To make the salad

  1. Prepare the dressing
  2. Cut up the tomatoes and place in a bowl
  3. Pour dressing over the tomatoes
  4. Toss lightly and add fresh basil
Small colored cherry tomatoes cut in half on a wooden cutting board.
Vinaigrette being poured over cut tomatoes.

This salad is best eaten right away. I like to serve it at room temperature. If you prefer, you can cover and refrigerate and serve chilled. 

Variations 

A few delicious variations and substitutions to this salad include:

  • Use all red cherry tomatoes
  • Use large tomatoes cut into small wedges
  • Add small balls of fresh mozzarella
  • Peel and chop a cucumber and add to salad
  • Add thinly sliced sweet onions

Fresh basil in front of a bowl of cherry tomatoes.

Other Great Salads to Try

Fresh cut cherry tomatoes with fresh basil.

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A white bowl filled with colored tomatoes.

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Kathy
Tomato salad made with heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil and topped with a light vinaigrette dressing.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 78 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Cups heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dried mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3-4 leaves fresh basil (sliced thinly)

Instructions
 

  • Slice cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise. Place in a bowl.
  • Place olive oil, vinegar, dried mustard, thyme, salt and pepper into a jar with a lid. Close lid and shake until well combined.
  • Pour dressing over tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle fresh basil over tomatoes.

Notes

Variations 

A few delicious variations and substitutions to this salad include:
  • Use all red cherry tomatoes
  • Use large tomatoes cut into small wedges
  • Add small balls of fresh mozzarella
  • Peel and chop a cucumber and add to salad
  • Add thinly sliced sweet onions

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 154mgPotassium: 162mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 384IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
Keyword heirloom tomatoes, side dish, tomato salad, tomatoes
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This recipe was originally posted in April 2016. The pictures and post have been updated.

 

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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Amanda
    May 2, 2016 at 7:53 am

    What a delicious way to welcome in the warmer weather. I always make sure to have plenty of tomatoes in the garden and I can’t think of a better way to use them. This tomato salad is what I love to live on during the summer.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2016 at 4:33 am

      I totally agree!

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    Kim | Low Carb Maven
    May 2, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Kathy, this salad looks so beautiful. I love tomato salads in the Summer and can’t wait to see how you use your bounty on your blog this year!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2016 at 4:34 am

      I’m sure I will have lots of recipes to share. Hopefully my garden will be generous with its produce!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    May 2, 2016 at 6:10 am

    5 stars
    Oh I’m so jealous you have fresh tomatoes!! I can only imagine how amazing those taste! Heirlooms especially are my favorite, so this simply delicious salad is screaming my name! Fresh and fabulous flavors going on here, Kathy! Cheers!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2016 at 4:35 am

      Yep….I heard it say, “Cheyanne, this is for you!” 🙂

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    David @ Spiced
    May 2, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Am I mistaken, or have you done a little site update yourself, Kathy? It looks great! (Or maybe I’m just paying super close attention to layouts now that I’m messing with mine…but either way, I like it!)

    We used to grow heirloom tomatoes in our garden, and they were a fun addition. The problem is we never knew when to pick the different varieties since we weren’t sure when they were ripe! Maybe we’ll plant some more heirlooms this summer…it’s almost planting time here!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2016 at 4:36 am

      I made a few updates, nothing major like yours. Thanks for noticing!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    May 2, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Beautiful salad and so healthy! I can’t wait to plant my tomatoes, unfortunately we just had a hard frost so I have to wait until June 1st if I want to play it safe. Will be keeping this in mind!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2016 at 4:36 am

      Spring weather can be so fickle. Warmer days are coming.

  • Reply
    Natanja
    May 2, 2016 at 12:41 am

    What a gorgeous salad! I think we are all craving heirloom tomatoes after seeing your creation.
    Homegrown tomatoes always taste sooo much better than anything store-bought. My husband and I unfortunatly don’t have a house yet so I can’t grow anything yet. But my dad who does have a large garden is going to grow extra many tomato plants for me. I’m so excited!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 2, 2016 at 4:44 am

      So lucky that your dad is able to grow extra tomatoes for you!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    May 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Girl, you seriously have me craving tomatoes and summer! I just planted 9 different varieties of tomatoes in my garden and can’t wait for them to start making magic! When they do, I’m totally making this salad! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 2, 2016 at 4:46 am

      Nine varieties of tomatoes! Wow! You’ve got me beat. I plant a lot of tomatoes but not that many varieties.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    May 1, 2016 at 6:07 am

    You’re so lucky you have your own tomato plants Kathy! I would love to have an abundance of tomatoes during the summer months because I use them so often in my recipes! This is a favorite recipe of mine, but I love the spices you’ve included! I’m curious to try it with dried mustard. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    April 30, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I’m so jealous that you have your very own tomato plants. I live in the city where you are lucky to even find a patch of grass. . .but I do remember the small garden that my mother had when I was growing up and tomatoes were always a key part. This salad is beautiful. . .and I am with you. . .the more varied the tomatoes are the more stunning the salad.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 1, 2016 at 4:32 am

      I wish I could grow them year round….maybe one day!

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    April 30, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Good morning Kathy, I’m impatient for our tomatoes too! This salad looks extra fresh, love the fresh basil and was surprised by the dried mustard! That must give a delicious little zing. Great side!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 1, 2016 at 4:32 am

      The mustard does add just a bit of zing. You’d never even know it’s in there.

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