Choosing a short list of favorite summer salads with garden tomatoes was a challenge, but here are my picks!
There's no other food I look forward to quite as much as ripe summer tomatoes, and when good tomatoes are coming from the garden or farmers market, I can eat tomato salads or tomato sandwiches (with or without bacon) for days on end without getting tired of them. I first shared my picks for Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes back in 2011, when I'd just finished cleaning out my father's house with my siblings, and it was definitely tomato sandwiches (with bacon!) for comfort food that weekend. But normally there are lots more tomato salads than sandwiches at my house, that's why I have a recipe index with a whole page for Salads with Tomatoes and Cucumbers.
When I picked my ten favorite tomato salads in 2011, I had a big vegetable garden where I loved to grow tomatoes. Then in 2013 I moved to a new house, closer to a lot of my siblings but without a real garden. I've been getting by with tomatoes from the farmers market for a few years now, but I miss having a garden (!) and this summer I'm building a garden space that will have a complete cage around it to keep away the deer, squirrels, rabbits, and other critters at the new house. Hopefully next summer I'll be growing my own tomatoes again.
Meanwhile the tomatoes I'm getting from the farmers market are pretty great, and I've come up with quite a few new tomato salads since 2011. I thought it would be fun to update this favorite tomato salads post with some of my newer salads that spotlight the flavor of fresh tomatoes. And because it's so hard to narrow down the list to just ten salads, you can see ten more honorable mentions after the photos! 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 ripe tomatoes.
Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad Oreganato has those amazing Greek flavors I never get tired of!
Another tomato recipe I make over and over is these Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks (with Basil Vinaigrette drizzled over the top.)
This Marinated Tomato Salad with Parsley and Marjoram Dressing is a recipe I got from my sister Sandee, and it's a good tomato salad for parties because you make it several hours before you serve it.
Nothing says summer like Caprese Salad, and this Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit was a different twist on the traditional Caprese flavors.
If you like Green Goddess Dressing, I highly recommend these Green Goddess Tomato-Mozzarella Stacks. I used my beloved Green Zebra Tomatoes, but you can 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.
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.
I love the crunch of low-carb jicama, and summer tomatoes really shine in this Black Bean Salad with Jicama, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Lime.
When I take this Spicy Chopped Greek-Style Salad with Peperoncini to a party, I always get asked for the recipe.
And this Bacon, Tomato, and Zucchini Salad with Feta is a newly rediscovered old favorite, finally photographed for the blog. My sister Sandee has already made this and declared it's a keeper.
Want More Salads for Garden Tomatoes?
I've been growing tomatoes and experimenting with salads for years and years, which is why there's a whole page of Tomato Salads in the recipe archives. But here are ten more that are favorites of mine.
Fattoush Lebanese Salad with Sumac and Pita Chips
Avocado, Tomato, Edamame, and Red Onion Salad with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette
Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans, Feta, and Herbs
Yellow Tomato Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, and Mint
Not-so-Dumb Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, Avocado, and Balsamic Vinegar
Tomato, Cucumber, and Radish Salad with Yogurt and Tahini Dressing
Mediterranean Spinach Salad with Garbanzos, Tomatoes, Radishes, and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette
Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, Olives, and Feta with Basil Vinaigrette
Sliced Tomato, Olive, and Goat Cheese Salad with Onion-Caper Vinaigrette
Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumbers, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime
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.)