A Simple Summer Tomato Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing

There is a quote that I suddenly can relate to, that goes something like this…..

“You are either green and growing, or ripe and rotting”  
No doubt that this person grew tomatoes.
I am convinced that with a few fresh, simple ingredients you can produce something extraordinary.  My  proof is below.

Summer Heirloom Tomato Salad
Serves 4-6

2-3 lbs. summer tomatoes (all colors, shapes and sizes), chopped, quartered or sliced
1 medium white onion, halved, then thinly sliced
Handful of fresh basil, chopped
For vinaigrette dressing
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup good quality vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, onion and basil.
In a separate bowl, add the olive oil, Dijon mustard, vinegar or lemon juice, salt and pepper. Use a fork to blend vigorously. 
Pour over the salad and toss.

28 thoughts on “A Simple Summer Tomato Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing

  1. This is and does sound extraordinary. The best things are the simplest things by they are closest to its original flavor. I love tomato and onion pairings and this by far exceeds my expectation of the duo


  2. I went out to my winter garden yesterday and discovered all sorts of rogue heirloom tomatoes growing in random spots. 🙂 It made me so happy. Hopefully in a few more months I will be able to make a salad as gorgeous as yours. 🙂


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