This tomato salad is so refreshing and delicious you just might call it a meal!
The Perfect Summer Salad
This salad is so cooling and refreshing you’ll serve this often throughout the summer. Heck, it’s even good in the other three seasons too!
Tomatoes seem to go well with everything and this salad is no exception. It’s easy to make and even easier to eat.
I’ve often eaten only this salad for a light dinner or lunch. Even though it’s light, it’s quite filling especially if it’s made with robustly flavored tomatoes.
Tomatoes As Pretty As A Picture
This salad makes a stunning presentation even when it’s made with standard red tomatoes.
However, it goes to higher levels when you make it with different colored ones. Just try it with a good mix of red, orange and yellow and see how great it looks! That’s something I’d do if I had guests because yellow and orange tomatoes are a bit pricy and rarely go on sale by me.
The flavor will go into the stratosphere if you use home-grown tomatoes. Nothing beats the flavor of home grown, so use them when you can. Since I no longer garden, I’ve found that the vine-ripened variety tastes the best and it’s a great substitute for when you don’t have access to home grown. Kumatoes are also very tasty and their color would add a dimension to the way this salad looks.
The dressing for this salad is very simple and basic. It enhances the flavor without being overpowering.
It’s a simple emulsion and relies on the use of a drop of Dijon mustard to aid the emulsification. When using the Dijon, you don’t have to worry too much about being careful to drip the oil in. Just as long as you do a steady stream, it’ll set up nicely.
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- 2 cups seeded and large-diced tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tbs chopped fresh basil
- 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbs honey
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbs olive oil
- Mix lemon juice, honey, mustard and salt in a small bowl. Whisk in oil until emulsified.
- Place tomatoes, garlic and basil in another bowl; toss to combine. Drizzle the dressing over and toss to coat.