Summer Tomato Salad Recipe -
Summer Tomato Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Summer Tomato Salad

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"This recipe is great ending to a hot summer day. It is a family recipe passed down to me from my great grandmother. My grandmother and I used to sit outside with candles all around us with this salad and warm conversation. The original recipe was first used in 1912."

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  • PREP

    15 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a bowl, toss the cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, green onions, garlic, basil, cilantro, black pepper, red pepper, and salt. Refrigerate 30 minutes and toss again before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 07, 2005

What a wonderful recipe. As I was making it, I thought that perhaps it might need a little olive oil for juice; but after it sat in the refrigerator, the tomatoes made their own juice. My family just loved it. Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 30, 2010

The trick to this recipe is to use extremely ripe tomatoes. Save the juice when slicing the tomatoes and add the pepper, red pepper and salt to taste as this will become the marinade, otherwise the salad is just to dry to stand on it's own. As written this recipe is completely overwhelmed by the basil, onions and cilantro. Herbs would be much better reduced by half so the flavor of the tomatoes is not "lost". With changes, good use of summer produce.... Ummm!

Aug 29, 2007

Loved it! I also added lime juice and cucumbers which I thought complemented the recipe very well.

Jun 06, 2007

I never would have thought that it would be possible for a salad to have this much flavor without a heavy dressing! Ok, so I have not been able to find the yellow tomatoes but that's no problem. Just add extra red. I find that I'm still slightly nervous about the garlic getting distributed evenly so I still juice a few of the tomatoes into a little bowl and stir the garlic into that. Then pour over all. What a pleasure to find a wonderful, wonderful salad that the whole family loves and have it be fat free too! I've had this recipe for about 2 weeks and we've already had it 4 times. Thank you so much for sharing this!

Mar 30, 2008

I added chopped fresh spinach. Easy, delicious and healthy recipe.

Aug 18, 2006

An excellent fresh, quick, extremely tasty salad. The only change I made was to sub dried cilantro.

Jun 05, 2009

Wow, I guess I have to disagree with most of the reviews on here. It does need a dressing. It's very "earthy" (as my husband) said without some kind of "sauce". I added some balsamic vinegar and was able to eat it then, but on it's own it's just too dry.

Jun 02, 2006

This salad was very good! A bit salsa-ish, but an excellent use of excess garden bounty for sure. Thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 24 kcal
  • 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.3 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 37 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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