Heirlooms, oh how I love you and especially in this Balsamic Heirloom Tomato Salad.
This was the first time I’ve ever had heirloom tomatoes, *gasp* and it was love at first bite!
This recipe celebrates the delicious freshness of tomatoes. I usually make my regular old tomatoes this way, but now I that I fell in love with heirlooms… I don’t think I’ll ever go back, EVER! There’s just something about them. I was like a crazy person when I first took a bite, I was so ravenous that they almost didn’t make it to the dinner table. I usually get that way over cookie dough or cake batter, so this was a total first for me!
So if and when I’m going to consume tomatoes… this. is. how I rolllll.
To Make This Balsamic Heirloom Tomato Salad You Will Need:
- green onions
- balsamic dressing
Just look at all the colors! Those green and yellow zebra tomatoes, I read, are a crossbreed of four different heirlooms…. so vibrant and purrrrty!
Then wash and remove all stems.
Next, halve and quarter the tomatoes into desired size. I like mine on the larger side.
Then place in a colander and sprinkle with kosher salt. Set the colander in a bowl (to catch all the juices) for about 20 minutes or so. After the 20 minutes, place the salted tomatoes into a clean bowl. Looky! It’s like a rainbow of tomatoes in there!
Next slice up a bunch of green onions and add to a bowl with one minced clove of garlic.
Then mix one part balsamic to three parts olive oil.
Next add in a pinch of oregano, I grind mine in my palm with my finger.
Then using my mini whip, I whisk those ingredients into submission.
Then toss in a bowl along with the green onions and garlic and then pour over the salted tomatoes.
Lastly, season with lots of fresh cracked black pepper and give one last stir before serving! Naturally these would benefit from a little time it the fridge… but they’re delicious right away… straight out of the bowl and puh-lease use your fingers… it’s a total must!
Enjoy! And if you give this Balsamic Heirloom Tomato Salad recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Balsamic Heirloom Tomato Salad
- 2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, of different color and variety
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 pinch dried oregano, ground in your palm
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Wash and remove stems. Slice tomatoes into halves, quarters or eighths depending on the size of the tomato and toss into a colander set over a large bowl.
- Generously sprinkle kosher salt over tomatoes, gently toss and let sit for 20 minutes. The salt not only removes some extra water from the tomatoes, but seasons them too.
- In another bowl combine the sliced green onions and garlic. In a measuring cup combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and oregano.
- Whisk until combined and pour over salted tomatoes. Toss, season with fresh cracked black pepper and serve!
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I am dying the most beautiful death right now.
This looks fresh, juicy, amazing and yet simple! Love.
How gorgeous is that?! I love all the colors and everything. Not to mention the balsamic…so yummy!
Oh I love tomatoes with balsamic vinegar! Your pictures are STUNNING and they are making me hungry!
Thank you Liz!
Raven I totally agree! Balsamic is the best!
Thank you Jo-Anna!
Wow! This salad is almost too gorgeous to eat! Almost =)
Those tomatoes are SO beyond gorgeous! Heirlooms are so photogenic! YUM!
What gorgeous photos. Your blog keeps getting better and better. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
This looks SO good! In my family, we always like to marinate tomatoes in balsamic and olive oil to use on sandwiches and such so this kind of reminds me of that. I love all those tomatoes you used!
I love tomato salad on a hot summer day…I usually make it with regular tomatoes available over here and add some chopped cucumbers in that too…
I love your array of tomatoes which you have shown in the pictures..I don't usually find these many tomatoes here…But your recipe sounds great…I should try it soon..i love the addition of Green Onions which will give a lovely crunch
Aarthi.. I say go for it! Add the flavors you enjoy and all will turn out well!
Love a good tomato salad. Thanks for sharing.
This looks fantastic! I love the color.
I know you are my sister and all but you never cease to amazing me. Simple recipe which is right up my ally. Looks amazing!! 🙂
Gorgeous. Can't wait to try it!
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What do you do with the juice left from the salted tomatoes?
Just a quick note. Never refrigerate the tomatoes. They lose flavor when this is done. I’ve done it–it’s true.