fresh summer tomato salad

Fresh and Easy Summer Tomato Salad

Tomato season is officially here, and we couldn’t be more excited! There’s nothing quite as gratifying as picking a fresh tomato from your garden. When you’ve worked so hard to grow and harvest that little fruit, then it’s absolutely necessary to treat it with the utmost respect. What better way to highlight the fruits of your labor than by making and Fresh Summer Tomato Salad? Using a high quality olive oil for your salad dressing is essential for that bright and fresh taste. Tossing fresh tomatoes in an olive oil and vinegar marinade brings the perfect balance of acidity for a summer salad that will please everyone! For that extra punch of flavor, we added brined capers to our salad. However, they are completely optional. Eat more garden food and stay fabulous!

Looking for more dishes like Fresh Summer Tomato Salad? Check out our recipes for Sweet Basil and Cherry Tomatoes Quinoa AND Summer Squash Slaw with Lemon Vinaigrette!

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fresh summer tomato salad

fresh summer tomato salad

Nothing says summer flavor like a garden fresh tomato salad!
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Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: fresh, Salad, tomatoes, vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 255kcal
Cost: $10


  • Cutting Board
  • chef's knife
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • small mixing bowl


  • 3 lb fresh tomatoes
  • ½ red onion finely diced
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped


  • Cut the stem end off the tomatoes and discard. Chop the tomatoes into one inch pieces and place into a large mixing bowl.
    chopped fresh tomatoes
  • Add the diced red onion, minced garlic, and drained capers to the tomatoes in the mixing bowl.
    tomatoes, onion, garlic, and capers
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk vigorously until the dressing has emulsified (1-2 minutes).
    salad dressing
  • Pour the dressing over the tomato mixture and toss until completely combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the fridge for at least one hour before serving.
    fresh summer tomato salad
  • When serving, garnish each salad with freshly chopped basil.



Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.3g | Protein: 1.7g | Fat: 25.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 427mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 5.3g | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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