There's nothing more summery and fresh than a fresh Heirloom Tomato Salad. It's my most made salad - there isn't a week goes by, especially in the summer, when I don't serve a tomato salad in some shape or form. I generally serve one to compliment a larger spread of fresh vegetables on the table. I'm all about offering a variety of like-minded dishes to accompany something simply grilled from the BBQ. Maybe my delightful Spanish Chicken Skewers with Fino Sherry or my Cypriot Sheftalia - This salad works wonderfully with so many flavours.
The heirloom tomato while not essential for this tomato salad recipe (regular tomatoes are perfectly acceptable), they do offer up a wonderful flavour, texture and appearance. If I'm making mine with heirloom, I'll most often buy a few different colours, which looks beautiful for serving. Heirloom tomatoes can have an enhanced flavour and most certainly elevates the salad into something very special.
A simple marinade and dressing.
The tomato is sweet, juicy and tart in its own right, but by creating a very generous dressing which acts as a marinade too, the salad is sweetness is pumped up to full volume. I most often use a white wine vinegar to make the dressing, but it really is quite versatile and will work with any vinegar really - I especially love it with a sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar. By leaving the tomatoes for a few hours the flavours are bright, intense and earthy sweet beyond belief!
Along with the versatility of vinegars, To further enhance the flavour, I'll use fresh herbs to bring a floral, fragrant note. This too is a changeable step. Depending on my mood, or my pantry, I'll change up the herbs I sue, like tarragon, thyme, dill, marjoram, basil and, as in this recipe, my favourite - oregano.
I'll also often top the salad with other things, like a sprinkling of feta or Parmigiano Reggiano or Manchego cheese and I'll often I'll scatter over some toasted pine nuts, almonds or pistachios to add a little crunch.
So this humble little heirloom tomato salad recipe can really be whatever you want it to be. The recipe you have below, is for the version I make most often - in its simplest form. And there's nothing wrong with this version, let me be clear! It's a sweet, light, healthy treat at any dinner table. One of the tastiest, simplest salads I know.
If you're looking to pair up this salad with other healthy dishes, why not try some of my other delicious salads? See my 10 Best Summer Salads to discover what I'm most likely eating as you read... Enjoy!