Easy Tomato Salad

It’s tomato season! This delicious tomato salad is perfect for a side dish on a warm summer day.

Ingredients:
½ cup chopped red onion (about ½ small red onion)
1 pint (12 ounces or 2 cups) cherry tomatoes, halved
1 pound additional tomatoes (about 1 large, 2 medium or 3 small), cut into bite-sized wedges
¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil and/or small basil leaves (or substitute parsley, dill and/or chives)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons thick balsamic vinegar* or balsamic glaze
½ teaspoon flaky sea salt or kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Optional Additions:
½ English cucumber or 1 Persian cucumber, thinly sliced
1 torn mozzarella ball or around 1 cup mini mozzarella balls or cubed part-skim mozzarella
1 ripe avocado, sliced or diced
Handful of baby arugula

First, fill a small bowl with ice water and add the chopped red onion (soaking the onion will tame its intense flavor and make it more crisp). Set aside as you prep the remaining ingredients.

To assemble the salad, spread the tomato wedges over a large serving platter. Drain the onions well, and layer about one-third of the onions on top. Add half of the cherry tomatoes, followed by a layer of any optional additions, followed by another one-third of the onions. Finish with the remaining cherry tomatoes, followed by the remaining onions, and sprinkle the basil all over.

Drizzle the olive oil over the salad, followed by the balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle the salt and several twists of black pepper on top. Serve promptly. This salad is best consumed within a couple of hours, but leftover salad will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for 3 days. Makes four servings.

*Make the balsamic vinegar reduction: Bring 1 cup (or more) runny balsamic vinegar to a boil in a small, thick-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring often, until the vinegar is reduced by half, about 10 to 15 minutes. Allow the reduction to cool, then transfer to an air-tight jar and store in the pantry. Balsamic reduction is great on everything from pizza to ice cream, caprese and green salads, and more.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 side salad (without optional add ins)
Per Serving
Calories 109; Fat 7.4g; Total Carbohydrate 10.6g; Sugars 7g; Protein 2g

Printable recipe available at: https://cookieandkate.com/easy-tomato-salad-recipe/

 

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