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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Balsamic & Feta

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Fresh, quick, and easy! This heirloom tomato salad is well-seasoned with salt, pepper, and herbs, topped with feta cheese, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

It is perfect as a side dish or as a light lunch! It’s a quick-fix summer salad that’s both healthful and delicious!

Heirloom tomato salad with red and yellow tomato salad on a plate with crumbled Feta, chopped cilantro, and basil.

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Heirloom Tomato Salad is bursting with summer flavors that will keep you coming back for more! I am personally obsessed with this salad. It’s literally summer on a plate.

Heirloom tomato salad is crafted with only the freshest ingredients and is so delicious that you’ll have a hard time stopping eating it!

There are two kinds of tomatoes that I use for this recipe. One is heirloom tomatoes, and the other is grape tomatoes. If you love tomato recipes like I do, you should check out Easy Pico De Gallo, Fresh Pineapple Salsa with Jalapenos, and Chunky Garden Fresh Salsa!

What are Heirloom Tomatoes?

Heirloom tomatoes grow from plants whose seeds have been passed down for hundreds of years! Heirloom tomatoes, unlike most tomatoes, have not been developed or adjusted with chemicals.

Heirlooms are pollinated by birds, bees, and the open air. As a result, there is a wide array of shapes, sizes, and colors. They tend to be juicier and sweeter than supermarket tomatoes. They are abundant during the summer months.

What are Grape Tomatoes?

Grape tomatoes are small, bite-sized tomatoes that resemble cherry tomatoes, but with an oval shape. Grape tomatoes are not as sweet as cherry tomatoes, though they still have a sweeter taste than, say a Roma.

While the origin is uncertain, it most likely originated in Southeast Asia. If grape tomatoes are unavailable, I substitute cherry tomatoes, which are just as sweet.

During the summer, I buy these tomatoes at a local farmer’s market. If you like to eat seasonally, this Heirloom Tomato Salad is for you!

Why You’ll Love This Heirloom Tomato Salad

You’ll be as obsessed with this salad as I am once you taste it! You will eagerly await the arrival of summer!

  • It is both nutritious and delicious. It does not have the typical vegetable flavor that most children despise. It is sweet, salty, and with a fruity taste to it! Perfect for children who hate salad!
  • It is quick and simple to prepare. Simply slice the tomatoes and combine them with the spices, herbs, cheese, and vinegar dressing to create a fresh salad in just a few minutes!
  • It’s the perfect side dish if you’re trying to get healthy, and it’s low carb!

Ingredients For Your Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ingredients for Tomato Salad sitting on a white countertop.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How To Make A Heirloom Tomato Salad With Balsamic Dressing

Collage of process steps creating an heirloom tomato salad with balsamic and feta.
  1. Chop up the tomatoes and place in a bowl. I personally liked the look of chopping them in a variety of different ways, but you can chop them all to the same size and shape, if desired. (Photos 1 & 2)
  2. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Toss to coat.
  3. Season to personal taste with salt and pepper, then add the chopped parsley and basil. (Photo 3)
  4. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve immediately. (Photo 4)
  5. If desired, serve on a bed of mixed greens.
A white plate of Heirloom Tomato Salad garnished with feta and chopped cilantro and basil on a grey linen.

What to Serve/Pair with Your Heirloom Tomato Salad

  • Lettuce and Cucumber. I serve my heirloom tomato salad on a bed of greens such as lettuce, spinach, and cucumber. This adds volume to my salad while also making it more filling.
  • Grilled meat like you can find on my Easy Summer BBQ Recipes post. I also add my favorite protein to this salad to make it a complete meal. I love grilled chicken breast, but this would also go beautifully with apple feta stuffed pork tenderloin or sheet pan shrimp tacos.
  • Tortillas and seafood. Tortillas are my go-to carb for this salad. I’ll throw in some grilled fish or prawns/shrimp as well. The seafood gives the tomato salad a complete summer flavor.
Heirloom tomato salad with feta and balsamic on a white plate

Heirloom Tomato Salad FAQs

What makes heirloom tomatoes special?

Heirloom tomatoes are distinguished from hybrid tomatoes by their exceptional flavor. Heirloom tomato producers raise this food without the use of pesticides or toxic chemicals, making it safe, healthy, and organic.

Can you use Mozzarella instead of Feta?

Because of its rich, salty, tangy flavor, feta cheese complements tomato salads well. Mozzarella has a more neutral, bland flavor profile – it does neutralize the acid a bit so if you don’t want things too tangy, mozzarella is a good option, but you may want to add salt.

Are heirloom tomatoes seasonal?

Yes, they are! The heirloom tomato season typically lasts from late summer through early fall, with local heirlooms beginning arriving in late July or early August.

How long will heirloom tomato salad last in the refrigerator?

Stored in an airtight container, this salad will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Balsamic & Feta


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yields 6 Servings
This fresh Heirloom tomato salad has all the flavor of summer! It's tart, sweet, salty and full of fresh herbs with a balsamic dressing and feta crumble on top!

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ lbs (680 ⅖ g) Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 1 cup (149 g) Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
  • ½ Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 6-8 leaves Basil chopped
  • 2-3 Tablespoons (2 Tablespoons) Parsley chopped
  • ¼ cup (37 ½ g) Crumbled Feta Cheese

Instructions

  • Chop up the tomatoes and place in a bowl. I personally liked the look of chopping them in a variety of different ways, but you can chop them all to the same size and shape, if desired.
    1 ½ lbs Heirloom Tomatoes,1 cup Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
  • Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Toss to coat.
    ½ Tablespoon Olive Oil,½ Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • Season to personal taste with salt and pepper, then add the chopped parsley and basil.
    Salt and Pepper,2-3 Tablespoons Parsley,6-8 leaves Basil
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve immediately.
    ¼ cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • If desired, serve on a bed of mixed greens.

Notes

If you would like to use mozzarella pearls in place of the feta, be sure to add a bit of salt to make up for the loss of the salty feta cheese. 
This recipe can be kept refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 6 Calories: 53kcal (3%) Carbohydrates: 6g (2%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 3g (5%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 6mg (2%) Sodium: 78mg (3%) Potassium: 342mg (10%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 1317IU (26%) Vitamin C: 21mg (25%) Calcium: 48mg (5%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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