Basil Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes is a celebration of mid-summer, when the basil is going gangbusters and heirloom tomatoes are in their glory days.  This is a simple, healthy salad that will delight friends and family with bold flavor and gorgeous color.

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There’s nothing revolutionary about this recipe except that I’ve used basil and only basil for my greens, and the payoff is huge.  Talk about explosive flavor!  I love using herbs as the base for salads, it’s a nice change of pace and nobody expects it.  If you’re intrigued by the idea check out these other herb salads on the blog~

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I can’t imagine a better way to revel in summer basil…pick the freshest leaves for this salad, living plants are best, whether they’re from your garden, the nursery, or the supermarket.  Plan to assemble everything just before serving while the leaves are still quivering.  Add some colorful heirloom tomatoes, either full size or cherries, thin rounds of bright red onion, and lots of toasted pine nuts.  There’s no cheese to weigh this salad down, it’s light as a feather and pure heaven.

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Heirloom tomatoes show their true colors after they’ve been sliced.  They can be one color on the outside, and completely different when you cut into them.  Some are solid, and some are mottled.  Even if you are using cherry tomatoes, make sure to halve or quarter them, not only is this prettier, it allows the juices and flavors to hit your taste buds right away.  Choose firm but fragrant tomatoes, anything that feels too soft is bound to be mushy.

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If you want to make a meal out of this Basil Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, top it with grilled chicken, salmon, or shrimp.

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Basil Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Yield: serves 4

Basil Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 handfuls of fresh picked basil leaves
  • an equal amount of chopped heirloom tomatoes
  • thin rounds of red onion to taste
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • a drizzle of your best olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Choose a wide shallow salad bowl and add the fresh basil leaves. Top with the tomatoes, red onion, and pine nuts.
  2. Grind a generous amount of fresh pepper over everything, add a dash of salt, and then drizzle with the oil and vinegar just before serving.
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notes for basil salad with heirloom tomatoes:

  • Don’t chop the basil, it will bruise…keep the leaves whole and choose a variety of sizes.  If you need to wash it, do it very gently and make sure it is really dry before adding it to the bowl.
  • Drizzle the dressing on immediately before serving so the delicate basil leaves don’t wilt.  No need to toss.
  • This salad is ideal for arranging on individual serving plates, too.

 

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22 Responses to Basil Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

  1. Yael says:

    Love the idea of using whole basil leaves! My father used to make salad using whole Italian parsley leaves and I loved how totally pure the herb tasted; bet this has the same effect. Also am thinking some shaved parmesan would be great on top ot this.

    • Sue says:

      I have another salad on the blog that is just parsley, oranges, and black olives, from an Italian cookbook and I love it. I bet your father’s salad was amazing, what else was in it?

  2. I love this summery salad, Sue! I could live on this all season long!

  3. Love this summer in a bowl! Must make soon!

  4. I have enough of my own basil to make this sald, Sue . . . and I shall!

  5. Liz says:

    This simple, seasonal salad is just gorgeous! Nothing like fresh tomatoes and basil—such a heavenly combination!

  6. Oh, look at those beauties! i can’t wait till they’re ready here. It’s one of my favorite foods to play with. This is a gorgeous salad, Sue, and I love using fabulous basil as the greens especially when it’s this fresh.
    Love it!

  7. sippitysup says:

    Summer means fistfuls of basil! GREG

  8. Beautiful salad and so seasonally perfect to enjoy right now when all these things are at their best :)

  9. Great recipes don’t have to be revolutionary; they just need to rely on good ingredients. Great work showcasing heirloom tomatoes here!

  10. Immaculate says:

    Basil and tomatoes go so well together. I love the way you used the basil as a base. Makes it uniquely different. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  11. Tara says:

    Wow! I’ve never thought to use just basil as the base. Such an amazing summer salad. Love all the heirlooms.

    • Sue says:

      I’m glad I could inspire you Tara — the basil isn’t as intense as you might think because the sweetness of the tomatoes balances it out nicely, I just love it!

  12. Tania says:

    I am craving for this salad now! The tomatoes look so scrumptious! I love the addition of pine nuts too.

  13. This truly looks like artwork Sue and definitely the essence of summer. Love those gorgeous tomatoes, can’t wait till mine start rolling in! This will be on the menu, for sure!

  14. Sarah says:

    This looks and sounds refreshingly delicious! …and because I’m currently staring at my out.of.control basil plant, I think I’ll be trying this recipe ASAP! :) Thanks so much for sharing! XO

  15. Oh the colors in this salad! My basil has gone nuts this summer – so I am making this ASAP! We have some great balsamic and olive oils in the pantry. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    • Sue says:

      You’re so lucky, I have a black thumb reserved just for basil, i can’t get it to thrive, so I spend a fortune on the little plants at the supermarket — I know you’ll love this salad Tricia!

  16. wow those heirloom tomatoes…I am in love with them. A really beautiful and fresh summertime salad, Sue.

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