Balsamic Tomato Salad – An irresistible Summer Salad

With its simplicity, versatility, and health benefits, this mouth-watering Balsamic Tomato Salad is a recipe you’ll find yourself coming back to all summer long. Great for BBQs. Picnics, light lunches or a side for your dinner!

balsamic tomato salad on a plate with a spoon

Summer salads don’t get better than this simple but incredibly delicious balsamic tomato salad. It celebrates the wonderful tomato going beyond the basics, offering flavours that work with almost any meal. loaded with perfectly ripe tomatoes, a touch of tangy balsamic vinegar accentuates their sweetness. Fresh herbs add a touch of peppery brightness, while the olive oil brings everything together.

tomato salad on a plate

Why you must try this tomato salad recipe

Not convinced yet then here are some other reasons to make this easy salad:

  • Low-carb and nutrient-rich: Tomatoes are a fantastic source of vitamins C and K, as well as essential minerals like potassium. Plus, they’re naturally low in carbs, making them a perfect addition to a diabetic-friendly meal plan.
  • Versatility is key: The beauty of this recipe lies in its adaptability. Feel free to add a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese, or even tangy goat cheese for a touch of creaminess. For a more Caprese-inspired twist then add some juicy mozzarella balls. For a heartier option, serve it over a bed of peppery rocket or mixed greens.
  • Quick and easy to prepare: This recipe is a lifesaver on busy weeknights. With minimal chopping and no cooking required, you can make this side dish in minutes and leave it to sit and marinade. Perfect for those days when managing diabetes and meal prep feels overwhelming.
close up of balsamic tomato salad

The Majesty of British Tomatoes

While this recipe is fantastic with any type of tomato, there’s truly something special about using British tomatoes during their peak season, which typically runs from May to October. Here’s why:

  • British tomatoes in all their varieties have a natural sweetness and depth of flavour that can be hard to find in tomatoes shipped from afar. I find the smaller the tastier (and easier to roe at home)
  • Supporting Local Farmers: Choosing British tomatoes means supporting local growers who are committed to sustainable practices. You’re not only getting a delicious product, but you’re also contributing to the health of your local food system.
  • Reduced Carbon Footprint: Since British tomatoes don’t have to travel long distances to reach your plate, their carbon footprint is significantly lower. This makes them a more eco-friendly choice.

Finding the Perfect British Tomato

When selecting British tomatoes, look for those that are:

  • Firm to the touch
  • Vibrantly coloured
  • Fragrant: Ripe British tomatoes should have a slightly sweet, tomatoey aroma.

What you will need for this Easy balsamic tomato salad

ingredients for balsamic tomato salad

Ripe Tomatoes

  • Use any tomato you like from Roma, heirloom, cherry, or a mix of different types.
  • a great source of vitamin C and K as well as the antioxidant Lycopene

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Heart healthy Oil full of healthy fats to add balance to your meals
  • A little is a great addition to your diet

Balsamic Vinegar

  • A rich, dark, and intensely flavoured vinegar made from concentrated grapes
  • Aged in wooden casks for a deep and tangy taste

Garlic

  • Compliments the sweetness of the tomatoes with its pungent flavour

Oregano

  • I prefer Fresh Oregano in this salad recipe, but you can use dried if you don’t have any to hand

Salt & Pepper

How to make balsamic tomato salad

chopped mixed tomatoes in a bowl

Wash and chop the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. If using larger tomatoes like Roma, you can core them first. Cherry or grape tomatoes can be halved.

balsamic dressing

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper.

unmixed bowl of tomatoes with balsamic dressing and chopped herbs

Gently toss the tomatoes, and chopped fresh oregano into the bowl with the dressing.

tomatoes in a bowl with a spoon and balsamic dressing

For a more intense flavour, let the salad sit at room temperature for 10-20 minutes. The tomatoes will absorb the dressing.

close up of balsamic tomato salad

Plate the salad just as it is (my favourite way to enjoy it with crusty sourdough). Or you could add crumbled feta cheese, goat cheese slices or mozzarella balls

Tips

  • Use the ripest tomatoes you can find for the best flavour.
  • Adjust the amount of balsamic vinegar based on your preference.
  • If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use a teaspoon of dried oregano instead

The Perfect Summer Salad Serving Suggestions

Here are some ways to enjoy it throughout the summer season:

  • BBQ Side Dish: This vibrant salad is the perfect complement to grilled meats and fish. Its light and refreshing flavours will cut through the richness of barbeque protein.
  • Picnic Perfection: Pack this salad for your next picnic. It’s easy to transport, stays fresh at room temperature, and doesn’t require any last-minute prep. Just make sure you use a well-sealed container so none of the lovely juices escape
  • Delicious Lunch Recipe: I love this salad on its own with a slice of rye sourdough (or any other whole grain bread) to dip and soak up all the delicious juices
  • Healthy Balanced Salad: This tomato salad is mixed with cooked quinoa or brown rice. Add a sprinkle of feta or goats cheese and serve with leaves for a perfectly balanced summer salad.

balsamic tomato salad on a plate with slices of sourdough bread

Storing Your Salad

Unfortunately, tomato salads don’t store for very long because the tomatoes release juices, making the salad soggy. But if you do have any leftovers here’s how to store balsamic tomatoes for the best results:

Short-Term Storage (1-2 Days): If you have a leftover salad you plan to eat within a day or two, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Not Recommended: Freezing a tomato salad isn’t recommended. Tomatoes lose their texture and flavour when frozen, and the salad will be very unappetizing when thawed.

Diabetes Note

This vibrant balsamic tomato salad packs a tasty punch without spiking blood sugar, making it a delicious diabetic-friendly summer staple.

However, check your balsamic vinegar as some commercially produced vinegars may add sugar. So as always, read the label!

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Balsamic Tomato Salad

Balsamic Tomato Salad

Recipe by Michelle

This balsamic tomato salad is bursting with flavour. Simple, healthy & ready in minutes, the perfect side for BBQs, picnics and meals!

Course: Salads, SidesCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Very Easy
5.0 from 2 votes
Servings

6-8

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Prep time

10

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Total time

20

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Ingredients

  • 750 g 750 ripe tomatoes (Roma, heirloom, cherry, or a mix of different types)

  • 4 tbsp 4 extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 tbsp 3 balsamic vinegar

  • 1 clove 1 garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp 2 fresh oregano, chopped

  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  • Wash and chop the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces.
    If using larger tomatoes like Roma, you can core them first. Cherry or grape tomatoes can be halved.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Gently toss the tomatoes, and chopped fresh oregano into the bowl with the dressing.
  • Let the tomato salad sit at room temperature for 10-20 minutes. The tomatoes will absorb the dressing.
  • Plate the salad and enjoy!

Equipment

Tips and Notes

  • Use the ripest tomatoes you can find for the best flavour.
  • If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use a teaspoon of dried oregano instead
  • Storage – If you have a leftover salad you plan to eat within a day or two, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Diabetes Note – This vibrant balsamic tomato salad packs a tasty punch without spiking blood sugar, making it a delicious diabetic-friendly summer staple. However, check your balsamic vinegar as some commercially produced vinegars may add sugar. So as always, read the label!

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