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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
    Ashley
    May 6, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I really wish we had more room to grow tomatoes!! Someday, someday! This salad looks so fresh and wonderful!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 7, 2016 at 6:29 am

      I love growing my own. The next best thing is visiting your farmer’s market and getting some great tomatoes from a local farmer!

  • Reply
    Smitha
    May 4, 2016 at 7:13 am

    5 stars
    Salad is so refreshing and yummy. Fresh from own farm is very healthy

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    [email protected]
    May 3, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I love tomato salad especially with fresh summer tomatoes!! Looks so refreshing!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2016 at 4:27 am

      I agree…light and refreshing!

  • Reply
    Balvinder
    May 3, 2016 at 8:03 am

    This is gorgeous!!! It’s cloudy today and might rain, I could use this salad in my kitchen to put a smile on my face!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2016 at 4:28 am

      Nothing like some bright, cheery food to bring out a smile!

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    May 3, 2016 at 7:26 am

    In the summer, all I eat is tomato salads. They are so refreshing!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2016 at 4:28 am

      And so good for you!

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    May 3, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I’ve never grown tomatoes, but would love to! And I just adore heirloom tomatoes….all the pretty colours! I actually just picked some up yesterday so this recipe is great timing for me 🙂 Looks so delicious and fresh 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2016 at 4:29 am

      This was a great selection of varieties. They worked perfectly together in this salad.

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    May 3, 2016 at 3:46 am

    This heirloom tomato salad looks so gorgeous and delicious, Kathy. Indeed enjoying them raw & fresh is best. A perfect way to welcome warm weather.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 4, 2016 at 4:30 am

      During the summer I love to eat them straight off the vine.

  • Reply
    Miriam @londonkitchendiaries.com
    May 3, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Fresh tomatoes from the garden taste so delicious. It would be so great to be able to have them all year round. Your heirloom tomato salad looks great. Love the picture ♡

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

      Thanks! It is very delicious!

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet.com
    May 2, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Oh lovely heirlooms! Wish I had room to grow them. So many wonderful varieties to enjoy. You’re right – enjoying them raw & fresh is the way to go!

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

      Luckily heirlooms are becoming more and more available for those who can’t grow them themselves.

  • Reply
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    May 2, 2016 at 10:54 am

    What a delicious fresh salad to get me excited for Summer! I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy our tomatoes so thanks in advance for this!

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

      Summer is just around the corner!

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