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This simple Tomato Salad has a healthy balsamic vinegar dressing. Don’t let the simplicity fool you, it’s full of flavor!

Balsamic Tomato Salad in a white bowl with a wooden spoon

What kind of tomatoes should I use to make tomato salad?

Cherry and grape tomatoes are both great options for making tomato salad. You can also dice up heirloom tomatoes, romas, and other garden tomato varieties. They will all work great in this recipe, though cherry and grape tomatoes produce the prettier result.

Can I add cheese to tomato salad?

Yes you can! This recipe would go well with 1/4 to 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, or some fresh mini mozzarella balls. Just be warned that the dressing will discolor the cheese so it is best to add the cheese right before serving.

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balsamic tomato salad in a white bowl
This simple Tomato Salad has a healthy balsamic vinegar dressing. Don't let the simplicity fool you, it's full of flavor!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 10 large basil leaves chiffonade or roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cut all of your grape or cherry tomatoes in half and place into a large mixing bowl. Place basil in with tomato mixture.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Pour dressing over tomato mixture. Toss to coat.
  • Serve at room temperature, or chill for 2 hours before serving.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tomato Salad
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June 16, 2019 4:53 pm

Love this salad. I do add feta cheese and even though it gets discolored it’s DELICIOUS with the tomatoes

January 11, 2019 2:10 pm

5 stars
I love this tomato salad with basil!
…if you add some Dijon mustard to the vinegar oil mix it will thicken it without changing flavor. Honey Dijon makes it a little sweeter. Just a little food chemistry my Mediterranean dad taught me.

Tannis Owens
November 5, 2018 12:43 pm

5 stars
I made this for a side for my lunch and it was so darn good. I omitted basil because I don’t like it.

I mixed the dressing separate from the tomatoes and spooned some on before I ate it. How long will the dressing be good for in the fridge? Thanks

June 2, 2019 7:55 pm

5 stars
Make this tomato salad, you will not regret it! It was gone in one sitting with raves. Cannot thank you enough for making me a better baker and cook! ?

Debbie Greene
July 10, 2020 2:53 pm

5 stars
Saw this video this morning and thought that sounded really good so I made it for supper… All I got was mmmmmmmmm from hubby, he had a plate full of salmon, mashed potatoes and peas and he ate the tomatoes and went back to get some more… Really good… I also made your orange rolls again today, they are sooo good… Thanks for the recipes, keep up the good work… 🙂

Betty Norrie
January 5, 2019 12:46 pm

Look great will.try

July 26, 2018 2:35 pm

Sounds delish! Will make for a church meal! Thanks!

joyce lasiter
July 18, 2018 10:47 am

Why does the recipes when printed come out so light you can not read the? othe web pages are fine

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