This tomato salad recipe is a staple at my house and a perfect summer salad.
Fresh tomatoes from the garden pair perfectly with red onions and herbs and is simply dressed to create a dish that is packed with fresh flavor!
This delicious combination is the perfect lunch or a great side dish to accompany our favorite Easy Quiche Recipe or Oven Fried Chicken!
A Summer Favorite
This salad (along with cucumber tomato salad) is a summer staple for us. Fresh tomatoes, red onions, and a splash of vinegar make a great summer side or lunch dish! Just toss it all together in a large bowl.
- Simple ingredients make the best fresh salads.
- This dish is healthy and can be served as a side or add in some crusty bread to make it a main dish.
- Add in fresh herbs and bocconcini or other garden vegetables for a tasty fresh tomato salad!
How to Make a Tomato Salad
This healthy tomato salad is really one of the most simple sides. Simply combine garden fresh tomatoes, onions, and a sprinkle of herbs.
Tomatoes – This tomato salad recipe is best during the summer months, peak tomato season, with they’re fresh off the vine. Use any kind of ripe tomatoes.
- Cut large tomatoes or heirloom tomatoes into wedges or bite-sized chunks.
- Cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes can be halved. You don’t need to drain the juices or remove the seeds.
Herbs – Fresh oregano, dill, fresh basil leaves, or mint.
Cheese – Try tomato salad with feta cheese or bocconcini (fresh mozzarella). Bocconcini is a ball of mozzarella cheese with a mild flavor. It is a soft cheese with a creamy texture and can be found in the deli department.
Other Additions – Add any of the following, a bit of minced garlic, avocado, garden vegetables, chopped bell pepper or fresh zucchini.
Tomato Salad Dressing
Simple is best. To make the Tomato Salad Dressing, toss the tomatoes with red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and salt & black pepper. If you prefer, you can use balsamic vinegar.
For the herbs, I use whatever you have that is fresh. Favorites are basil, dill, parsley, and oregano.
I prefer to serve this dish at room temperature.
Pair it with grilled meat, like grilled chicken breast or grilled pork chops.
If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, this salad keeps well in the refrigerator, allowing the flavors to marinate. I love eating it the next day for a healthy lunch.
More Tomato Recipes
Fresh Tomato Salad
- 2 pints grape tomatoes halved, or 3 cups chopped tomatoes
- ¼ cup red onion thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh herbs basil, oregano, dill, parsley
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- salt & pepper to taste
- ½ cup bocconcini sliced or diced, optional
- Place tomatoes, red onion, and bocconcini (if using) in a shallow bowl.
- Drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar. Toss to combine.
- Season with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs to taste.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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This is a wonderfully refreshing salad. The family loved this recipe.
Living in Deep South Texas and harvesting our first tomato’s. They are amazing as is but I did enjoy your recipe, exactly as is. Thank you for posting.
No left overs.
Soooo, out in the yard harvesting my sweet vine ripened babies, put this salad together, cleaning corn on the cob, firing up the grill for my marinating chicken breasts…come on over for supper…summer yum!!!
This is lovely Holly, my
Favorite. Thank you for the recipe.
You’re welcome Sami, thank you for sharing!
Just showed this recipe to my yet to ripen tomatoes on my tomato plants in my garden just to show them what they can look forward to. They got all excited. I did too
Is that the trick to get mine to hurry up and ripen? I will have to try that! I am patiently waiting to make this recipe too! Hope you enjoy it, Steven!
Easy to make and very tasty.
Glad you enjoyed it, Melisende!
Simple & delicious!
Simple & delicious!
delish! We had this for supper tonight!
Yay! So happy to hear that Shaunna, Enjoy!
Yet to make it!
Made this with mozzarella as I couldn’t get hold of bocconcini, and it was fantastic. Absolutely loved it and it will be on my list of regular recipes.
Delicious! Thanks for the recipe! We ate a double order of it. This will be my go to for picnics.
Tomato salad recipe
Hi Neil, to see the full recipe scroll down to the bottom of the post or select the jump to recipe button at the top! Enjoy.
Many thanks Patricia!
Wow! These salads are my favorite! What a great round-up. Pinning for later! Thanks!
This salad looks so good
Fresh and yummy Marina!