Sunday, August 09, 2015

Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, South Beach Diet)

It's the fresh garden tomatoes that make this salad a winner for me; for a Paleo or Whole 30 version just use a vinaigrette dressing without cheese.

Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette found on

Sometimes the simplest combination of ingredients can result in a dish where the result is completely a wow. I shared this Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette with my nephew Jake, and we both completely loved this combination of delicious summer flavors.

The salad is simply fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced and layered with slices of boiled egg and olives, then drizzled with a vinaigrette that had bits of gorgonzola cheese. What could be simpler or more delicious? And when summer tomatoes are at the peak of ripeness, this is the perfect thing to eat on a hot summer day.

This gorgeous and delicious tomato salad is my Meatless Monday menu suggestion for this week. The recipe is low-carb, gluten-free, vegetarian, and can even be Paleo or Whole 30 approved if you switch out the gorgonzola vinaigrette for a dressing without cheese. Check the Recipes-by-Diet-Type photo index if you're looking for recipes for a certain type of diet.

Of course you can always find more Meatless Monday recipe ideas by using the photo-index category for Meatless Monday or by checking Vegan and Vegetarian Dishes in the recipe index. (Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette was first posted July 2006; it was updated with better photos August 2015.)

Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette found on
Arrange perfectly ripe sliced tomatoes on a serving platter and top with slices of hard-cooked egg. Drain a can of olives and sprinkle over the salad. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and crumbled Gorgonzola to make the dressing and drizzle over the salad. Enjoy!

Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette found on
Don't forget a little sea salt and some fresh-ground black pepper for the perfect finishing touch.

Original photo of Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette found on
And here's the close-up shot from the original photo back in 2006!

Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette found on
Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette
(Makes 2-3 servings; recipe created by Kalyn.)

3-4 fresh tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick
2-3 boiled eggs, sliced 1/2 inch thick
(here's How to Make Perfect Boiled Eggs)
6 oz. can black olives, well drained
(use less if you're not a big olive fan)
salt, fresh ground black pepper to taste
(I used Rosemary Salt.)

Vinaigrette Ingredients:
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T best quality balsamic vinegar
1 T crumbled gorgonzola

Drain olive into a colander placed into the sink. Slice tomatoes in 1/2 inch slices, and arrange on serving plate (with cut side up on ends of tomatoes). Slice boiled eggs and layer on top of tomatoes. Arrange drained olives on top of tomatoes and eggs.

Put olive oil in small dish. Whisk in balsamic vinegar, then stir in gorgonzola. Drizzle dressing over salad, season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. You may not need all the dressing, depending on how you prefer your salad.

This dressing will keep in the fridge for a few days, so you may want to double or triple the dressing amounts. You will need to let it come to room temperature and shake the bottle before serving if it's been refrigerated.

South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
This salad would make a perfect summer lunch for the South Beach Diet, any phase, and would also be great for most any type of low-carb eating plan. Use regular vinaigrette without Gorgonzola to make it Paleo or Whole 30 approved. 

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Wow Salad Recipes with Summer Tomatoes:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet or Low-Carb friendly; check ingredients.)

Ten Favorite Summer Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and Ten Honorable Mentions) ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Fresh Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato Salad ~ Recipe Girl

Tomato, Avocado, and Feta Salad with Tahini-Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Easy Tomato-Cucumber Salad ~ Cook Eat Paleo

Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Herbs ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Black Bean, Avocado, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad ~ Skinnytaste

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  1. Kalyn, that looks fabulous, and so simple! I can't wait to try it.

    The Inadvertent Gardener

  2. this looks yummy, i love recipes with all the ingredients. the olive especially :)

  3. Oh yumm! Keep those recipes with tomatoes coming! I need to use mine up.

  4. oh yeah! gorgonzola vinaigrette - yum!

  5. Kalyn - this looks so good!

  6. Kalyn, looks wonderful to me even for breakfast (there's eggs--works for me!) Really beautiful and I love the simplicity.

  7. WOW! The photos, Kalyn, are superb!

    I see you've got the hang of the camera. It won't take you long to master it, i can see.

    Keep it up.

  8. kaylyn good to see you are putting your gorgonzola supply to great use.

  9. Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I did love the taste of this, and with protein and veggies, it's a perfect SB meal.

    Mae, thanks, but my photography and food styling are both in the beginning stages. I have a lot to learn to compete with your gorgeous photos. I noticed that "Still Life With" listed your blog as having great photography. Way to go, she is an expert.

  10. Just made this for my mom. It was great and so easy

  11. Perfect for the evenings when I just don't know what to eat and don't feel like cooking... These are ingredients I always have at home.

    1. Adina, so glad it will be useful for you. And I do know about those nights where you don't feel like cooking!

  12. such a simple salad, but full of so many of my favorite things! I am such a sucker for tomatoes and olives...and hard boiled eggs are just good.

  13. Love the flavor combos and the protein the eggs bring in. Just got some farm eggs and will be making this salad with the yellow taxi tomatoes in my fridge! Thanks Kalyn!

  14. This dish looks so delightfully flavorful!


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