There is just something about summer that makes me crave tomato salads, so this heirloom tomato and red onion salad is pretty much my staple food when the weather warms up.
If you’re growing your own tomatoes, then this might also be a staple for you come July or August, but depending on where you live, you might already be getting tomatoes.
We went to southern France over the weekend and going to the local markets is one of my favorite things to do, even if I don’t buy a thing. I love looking at the fresh fruits and vegetables and marveling in how beautiful they look. Just look at these tomatoes that I saw:
They would be perfect for this salad. Even though I didn’t get a single one, I couldn’t believe how incredible they looked. If you haven’t guessed, tomatoes are my favorite.
Not just any tomatoes though, they have to be good, summer tomatoes. Grocery store tomatoes in December are yuck! They don’t even taste like a tomato. Don’t even waste your money. I feel that people who say they don’t like tomatoes have only had grocery store tomatoes in the off-season. If that’s all I ever had, I probably wouldn’t like tomatoes either.
If you’ve never tasted a fresh summer garden tomato, then you may not even know what a real tomato tastes like. I challenge you to have a real tomato taste this summer.
Use this salad as a side for any grilled meat, sandwich, or alongside a nice light soup. Here are some good pairings:
- Balsamic Glazed Meatballs (this is seriously one of my kids’ favorite dinners)
- Chicken Pesto Pasta with Peas
- Farro Salad with Lemon Cucumber and Herbs
Choose at least 4 different types or colors of tomatoes and slice your onions thin if you don’t like too much of a sharp bite! Give this heirloom tomato and red onion salad a try and tell me what you think.Print
4 cups of tomatoes, preferably 4 different types or colors
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
1/4 cup fresh torn basil
Cut tomatoes into different shapes and arrange on a plate or place in a bowl.
Add sliced red onion.
Gently toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Garnish with fresh basil.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes