Rustic Heirloom Tomato Salad

These tomatoes don’t need much to taste good.  Sometimes I just eat them on their own, but if you are new to heirlooms and need a simple idea for how to enjoy them, try this simple salad.  It features an easy honey dressing which cuts the sharp taste of some of the more acidic tomatoes, and subtly compliments the sweeter ones perfectly.  It’s lightly tossed with fresh basil, parsley and onion in a perfect summer concoction.


Rustic Heirloom Tomato Salad
2 lb heirloom tomatoes
1/4 lb red onion
15 small basil leaves
15 small parsley leaves
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp honey or agave

Coarsely chop up the tomatoes, removing any stems or rough patches.  thinly slice the onion and wash the herb leaves after they’ve been plucked form the stem.

Toss all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

Serve immediately or the tomatoes will throw off a lot of liquid.  You definitely don’t want to make this ahead of time and stick it in the fridge or the tomatoes will get mealy and lose their smooth texture.

yields 4-6 servings


13 Responses to “Rustic Heirloom Tomato Salad”
  1. Lovely! The flavor must be amazing with those heirlooms.

  2. I just found a store that sells imported organic heirloom tomatoes – I’m in heaven! All the other tomatoes here in KSA are bland and mealy and chemical laden and disgusting. I had almost forgotten what real tomatoes tasted like! I can’t wait to use them in this beautiful salad.

  3. Dgrub says:

    The photograph of heirloom tomato salad looks amazing. Adding onions and basil seems like a great classic idea. My version of very simple heirloom tomato salad is at . Any comments on the post is much appreciated.

  4. This looks so delicious! I’ve been looking for recipes to make with the tomatoes I have and this definitely fits the bill! Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  5. I definitely let out an audible “Mmmm,” upon seeing the photo of this tomato salad. It looks absolutely delicious; the perfect way to savor those last great summer tomatoes. The colors are absolutely wonderful.

  6. mma clothing says:

    This recipie looks amazing!

  7. Amy says:

    just found your blog, your recipes are great! [Especially your seaweed salad] I went to china town too and got a huge package of dried kelp and had no idea how to eat it raw. I’m going to go soak it now 😛 Thanks!


  8. piile says:

    where have you disappeared to? we miss you! :/

  9. Amy says:

    Oh no, I just found this blog with beautiful photos and so many tantalizing, healthy recipes, and you haven’t posted for months? 🙁 Please tell me you’re working on another project…I’d love to see more!

  10. Alison webber says:

    Just to add on you can also use a little sugar if you don’t have honey. Let us have more of your recipes simple and easy to prepare.


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