Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Favorites: Ten Favorite Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes

Choosing just ten favorite salads with garden tomatoes was a challenge, but here are my picks!

As I write this post celebrating my ten favorite salads with garden tomatoes, I'm eating a Green Zebra Tomato sandwich for my breakfast!  After a very rainy start to summer in Utah, I'm so glad the tomatoes in my garden are finally starting to ripen.  By the time you read this I will have spent the last few days cleaning out my father's house, an experience I'm sure is going to be pretty emotional.  I'm grateful that I have nine wonderful siblings to share this rite of passage with, and I'm guessing more tomato sandwiches will be consumed for comfort food over the next few days.

It seems like a cliche to say it, but I really did have a terribly hard time choosing just ten tomato salads, even after I decided to focus on salads that really spotlight the flavor of fresh garden tomatoes.  Some of these salads use heirloom green or yellow tomatoes that are extra good, but you can make the recipes with any kind of flavorful fresh red tomatoes.  The first salad featured at the top of this post is a recipe I got from my sister Sandee, and Marinated Tomato Salad with Parsley and Marjoram Dressing is a good tomato salad for parties because you make it several hours before you serve it.

Nothing says summer like Caprese Salad, but this Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit was a different twist on the traditional Caprese flavors.

Tomatoes and avocados are perfect together, and this Avocado, Tomato, Edamame, and Red Onion Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette is full of flavor.

I love garden tomatoes, garden cucumbers, and Feta cheese so of course this Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans, Feta, and Herbs is a long-time favorite.

Another salad that combines the Greek flavors I like so much is this Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad Oreganato.

If you like Green Goddess Dressing, I highly recommend these Green Goddess Tomato-Mozzarella Stacks.  I used my beloved Green Zebra Tomatoes, but you could make this with red tomatoes too.

One of the tomato salads I've loved for years is the Middle Eastern Tomato Salad that I learned to make from my friend Massoud.  You may have had this in a restaurant where it might be called Salad Shirazi, and salads with these ingredients are made all over the world.  (This is a recipe that needs new photos, but the salad is fantastic!)

I think mint is an underused ingredient in summer salads, and this Yellow Tomato Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, and Mint is something I could eat all summer long.

A few years ago I discovered those little pearls of fresh mozzarella, and they inspired this Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette.

And last but not least, one of the tomato salads I've been making ever since I started growing fresh basil is this Red and Yellow Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Basil Vinaigrette.   In fact, if you come to my house during tomato season, I'll nearly always have a bottle of Basil Vinaigrette in the fridge, just for drizzling on tomatoes!  This is another recipe that could use some new photos, and I don't mind having an excuse to make this salad.

Want More Salads to Help You Use Your Garden Tomatoes?
I've been growing tomatoes and experimenting with salads for years and years, and there's a whole page of Tomato Salads in the recipe archives.

Now It's Your Turn to Share
Please let us know in the comments about your favorite salad recipe that features fresh garden tomatoes!  (Food bloggers, links to the recipe on your blog are welcome for this post.)
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  1. Easch one had me salivating more and more!

  2. I'm already planning for next year's tomato planting, and after seeing these salads again, I know a Green Zebra plant will be in the garden next May.

  3. Kalyn, what a beautiful and delicious group of salads. My favorite these days is a Hearty and Skinny Antipasto Salad!

  4. Oh BOY what a wonderful post. So timely with fresh tomato season in full bloom!

  5. Wow, great recipes, Kalyn. I want a tomato sandwich right now!...but green zebra tomato plant only produced 2 tomatoes so far...I will savor eating them tomorrow. Perhaps I need to repot the plant to get more tomatoes this year.

  6. I have saved them all, could not find one I would not like to try. thanks for sharing.

  7. Kalyn, you are the queen of amazing salads, so I'm not surprised at all that you had a hard time choosing ten. I probably would have done my usual "cheat" when I do Top 10 lists and said "Top 10 Plus One (Or Two)." LOL But where does one stop? ;-) That first photo and those stacks are especially appealing to me!

    Hoping that you guys are done cleaning so that you all can focus on your family reunion event! Bet one of your salads makes it on to the table. :-)


  8. Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts about my favorite salads. The house is mostly cleaned out now and today is the big family reunion with about 100 people. Should be fun, and a nice way to finish up that rite of passage.

    Shirley, you're right. I'm making the salad with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olives and basil for the reunion.

  9. Wow! What a lovely selections of enticing salads. Thank you!

  10. I agree with a previous comment, you are the queen of salads! I love them all!

  11. Thanks you guys. I love being the queen of salads.

  12. Kalyn, hope you don't mind if I share this link with our Farmers Market customers. I always love your seasonal recipes and...tomatoes are FINALLY here! -Downtown Farmers Market

  13. That would be great, thanks!

  14. Ooh, your yellow tomato salad has got me salivating!

    Our $15 Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate:


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