Friday, July 24, 2015

My Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions)

Choosing a short list of favorite summer salads with garden tomatoes was a challenge, but here are my picks!

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.


Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions!)
Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad Oreganato has those amazing Greek flavors I never get tired of!


Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions!)
Another tomato recipe I make over and over is these Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks (with Basil Vinaigrette drizzled over the top.)


Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions!)
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.


Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions!)
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.


Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions!)
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.


Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions!)
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.


Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions!)
I love the crunch of low-carb jicama, and summer tomatoes really shine in this Black Bean Salad with Jicama, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Lime.


Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions!)
When I take this Spicy Chopped Greek-Style Salad with Peperoncini to a party, I always get asked for the recipe.


Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions!)
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.)
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17 comments:

  1. Easch one had me salivating more and more!

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  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.

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  3. Kalyn, what a beautiful and delicious group of salads. My favorite these days is a Hearty and Skinny Antipasto Salad!
    http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/hearty-and-skinny-antipasto-salad-meal/

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

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  5. Wow, great recipes, Kalyn. I want a tomato sandwich right now!...but waaah...my 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.

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

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  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. :-)

    Shirley

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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

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  13. That would be great, thanks!

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  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:

    http://www.houseofannie.com/15-heirloom-tomato-caprese-salad-for-5/

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  15. All look yummy -- don't know which one looks best! One of my favorites from my own blog is my Prosciutto Caprese with Toasted Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Chips:
    http://moretimeatthetable.com/2012/09/18/proscuitto-caprese-with-toasty-brussels-sprouts-and-parmesan-chips/ Thanks for asking and happy tomato salad summer!

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  16. NOBODY does salads as yummy as you!

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