|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.)