Insight into the best recipe for summer tomato salad
If you know me, you know I have a love / hate relationship with tomatoes.
I am very specific about type I want to eat tomatoes.
For example, I rarely eat raw tomatoes. I usually ask for tomatoes to be taken by my burgers and salads when we are restaurants.
I lovehowever, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato soup, ketchup, etc.
I attribute my dislike of childhood tomatoes.
Growing up, every night, my dad would make sure my brother and I each got a bowl of fruit for "dessert." It is culturally what the Asians do.
Sometimes the forest of fruit would be a bowl of cherry tomatoes. SO BROKEN.
Just thinking about this right now makes me squirm a little, haha
I also don't like the texture of raw tomatoes. I eat squid any day but raw tomatoes? Nix.
So you're probably wondering now if I have such dislike of raw tomatoes, why do I have a recipe titled "best summer tomato salad recipe", right?
Why is this summer tomato salad the only tomato salad I want to eat
You would think that my hatred of raw tomatoes would literally make me stave off a raw tomato salad.
I thought the same thing until I cooked this summer tomato salad the way I did.
And let me tell you – I absolutely LOVE it.
I am a firm believer that you can love any ingredient if you know how to cook it the way you like it.
Which is what I did here with this summer tomato salad.
It's tangy from the balsamic vinegar, sweet from the fresh summer tomatoes, the bite from shallots and the fresh pop from the fresh basil.
What do you need to get the best summer tomato salad?
Just a few simple ingredients! This would be a nice salad to bring with you for a summer party!
- Fresh summer tomatoes
- olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
Can this be eaten at room temperature?
Yes. There is nothing perishable in this (or at least perishable in the sense that leaving it for a couple of hours doesn't make it ruin), so you can definitely be rest assured when you bring this to a picnic or summer party !
Can I use canned tomatoes for this recipe?
No. It would definitely not work.
Instead of grape / cherry tomatoes, can I use a steak tomato or similar?
Yes! Grape / cherry tomatoes are easier for me, but if you can find some really nice, fresh tomatoes at a farmers market or grocery store, just dice it up into cubes and toss it in this salad.
Should I use shallots? Can I use a white onion?
You could, but I love using shallots in salads because they are milder in taste than an onion.
If you really want to use an onion, you should definitely err on the side of less is more.
Can I add minced garlic?
I don't think you'll need it, but if you've tasted the summer tomato salad, you feel it needs garlic, go ahead and add something.
Can I add something else to this?
The purpose of this summer tomato salad is to make it as simple as possible with the least possible ingredients.
You can definitely add more to this if you wish!
Adapt to taste and make it your own. I guess you could consider this a basic recipe.
How long does this last?
In the refrigerator it can last for two to three days, but if it will sit outside at room temperature out of direct sunlight, I would say max 10 hours.
Should I marinate it overnight?
You don't have to, but it can help with the flavors.
I have done it in several ways.
I’ve marinated it overnight, two hours and not even marinating and just whipping it up and eating it instantly as a side dish for dinner.
This summer tomato salad is delicious, but if you're looking for more tomato recipes, here's a list:
- Roasted chicken with olives and tomatoes
- Roasted balsamic tomato crostini
- Italian tomato paste soup
- Heirloom tomato flatbread
Best summer tomato salad
This summer tomato salad is so easy to make and the perfect side dish to bring to a summer party or picnic! Preparation time: 15 minutes Optional marinating time: 2 hours Total time: 2 hours 15 minutes Course: Side Dishwashing kitchen: American calories: 163kcal
- 1 quarter grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
- Fresh basil, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, toss all ingredients together and serve!
- If marinating (optional), cover the bowl and refrigerate for two hours or longer.
Nutrition Facts Best Summer Tomato Salad Amount Per Serving (1 serving) calories 163 calories from fat 45 % Daily Value * Fat 5g8% carbohydrates 21 g7% Fiber 3g12% Sugar 14g16% protein 3g6% * Percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. * Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate.