Fresh Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinegar for Memorial Day

Fresh Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinegar for Memorial Day

May 24, 2017   7 Comments

You don’t have to have potato salad for Memorial Day but you do need this fresh tomato salad with balsamic vinegar. Why do we always go for the classics on our national holidays? Potato salad, macaroni salad, pasta salad, and hot dogs with big fluffy buns are what we eat to kick off summer.

Frankly, I don’t like to cook if I can help it so I love this salad (and it is far lighter than a salad with mayonnaise). The one time I like to cook my tomatoes is when I make roasted tomatoes with garlic. Talk about dreamy!

Show up with this salad to your family BBQ and watch it disappear without complaint. There is something about fresh tomatoes, red onion, and balsamic vinegar that will blow away most potato salads – it tastes SO brilliant.

In case you didn’t know, I have included a photo of a serrated knife. I was in the dark for years about this being the best knife for slicing tomatoes. When I started using it, I was amazed at how fast I can slice.

I’m not sure why tomatoes don’t come with instructions on the side of them like every other thing you get at the supermarket – but they don’t! The best knife for this is a small serrated knife (I used to only have a bread knife). A roommate of mine had this smaller version and I fell in love with it. He told me that I couldn’t have it (waah!) so I bought my own and have been using it for 20 years. Not kidding.

Sometimes you must make an investment in an important kitchen tool.

Feel free to buy the wonderful heirloom tomatoes or the tastiest tomatoes you can find. My area of the country is slow to get the best fresh tomatoes (they show up in July).

Another great recipe for uncooked tomatoes is cold tomato soup AKA Gazpacho. YUM! (all you need is a blender)

How do you serve fresh tomatoes? What do you share on Memorial day?

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Fresh Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Recipe

Makes 2 large servings
3 large tomatoes, sliced
¼ red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Arrange slices of tomato on a plate. Add the red onion to the top and then sprinkle with vinegar and oil. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately or store for up to 5 hours (wait to add the salt and pepper until right before serving). For one serving = 116 calories, 7.6 g fat, 1.1 g saturated fat, 12.0 g carbohydrates, 7.8 g sugar, 2.6 g protein, 3.6 g fiber, 100 mg sodium, 2 SmartPts

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7 Comments:

I love tomatoes with a little chopped fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, and feta cheese. Roma tomatoes work well until the delicious homegrown are available in July. Make ahead and let sit on the counter for 30 minutes or so for flavors to blend. The juice from the tomatoes dilutes the balsamic vinegar just the right amount. Delicious!

on May 25, 2017

I'm with Beth. Caprese is my go to easy summer salad when the homegrown tomatoes come in.

on May 25, 2017

Love making this salad with the addition of fresh basil, feta, and garden cucumbers. Agreed that the balsamic gets cut just right and it brings out the full flavor of the tomato. Yum!

on May 25, 2017

Yes, so good!!! I do Caprese like Jan and your way lisa, I feel it goes qoes well with whatever is on the grill...

on May 25, 2017

I also make this; add fresh basil, small chunks of fresh mozzarella, and day old hearty textured bread cut into 1" chunks. Toss thoroughly and serve immediately and enjoy as a side dish.

on May 25, 2017

Add Bumble Bee light tuna in pouch and you have a 3sp ww lunch

on May 25, 2017

I'm on the Caprese bandwagon and the caprese salad with the bread is also excellent! The added basil and fresh mozzarella make it a meal for me! The best part of summer!

on May 26, 2017


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