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Tomato basil salad in an oval white dish with tomatoes and basil around it on a marble background
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5 from 7 votes

Tomato Basil Salad

Tomato Basil Salad is the perfect summer side dish to serve at barbecues, cookouts, and picnics outdoors. This healthy recipe features juicy tomatoes and fresh basil, which provide tons of flavor. Quick and easy to prepare, or modify, refreshing Tomato Basil Salad is the versatile, simple side dish you’ve been searching for.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 67kcal


  • 1 pound tomatoes (cherry or heirloom, cut into halves or quarters)
  • 1 small shallot (finely diced)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 4-5 basil leaves (cut into ribbons)


  • Place the tomatoes and shallots into a medium bowl and toss gently to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a pinch of salt and pepper until emulsified. Taste and adjust the seasoning, as needed.
  • Either pour the dressing into the tomatoes and toss to coat, or place the tomatoes on a serving tray and drizzle the dressing over the top.
  • Let the tomatoes marinate for 15-20 minutes before serving.
  • Top the tomato salad with the basil ribbons just before serving.



Tips and Techniques

  • For a more visually appealing salad, use a variety of different tomatoes in different colors. I also cut my tomatoes in half vertically and horizontally.
  • This salad is very versatile. You can add mozzarella to make a Caprese tomato salad or feta, cucumbers and oregano for more of a Greek-style salad.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Consume within 3 days, but do keep in mind that tomato salad is best freshly made.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 644IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg