Simple Summer Tomato Salad

Summer tomato salad is the perfect recipe to make with garden tomatoes! It’s an easy side salad to pair with grilled meat, fish, or even to eat on its own!

If you read my last post (Fried Green Tomatillos), then you’re aware that I have had a heck of a time with my garden this year. And you can probably guess that the gorgeous tomatoes that I used for this salad did not, in fact, come from my garden. However, just because they are not my own garden tomatoes does not make this salad any less delicious. In fact, this Simple Summer Tomato Salad just screams summer and should be on your table weekly.

I love a good salad, but I’ll be honest, sometimes I get a little bored of actually having lettuce in my salad. I know it’s weird, but sometimes I want salad where the main ingredient is something other than lettuce. Something like kale or Asparagus and Avocado  or zucchini.

But one of my favorite summer salads is the simplest of them all: Summer Tomato Salad.

Nothing beats a summer tomato salad with juicy red tomatoes, a handful of fresh parsley and basil, a few sliced shallots and a little olive oil and salt and pepper It’s so scrumptious. It’s perfect for hot days. It’s great as a starter salad for a summer dinner out on the patio. It just really is the perfect summer salad.  Not too heavy, just pure summer herby tomato bliss.

For this salad, I used the Village Farms mini San Marzano tomatoes that I bought at Costco. Guys, if your Costco has them you NEED to buy them.

They are all kinds of amazing and they really help this summer tomato salad to shine.

That said, if you can’t find them, any good quality cherry tomatoes will work fine. But you’d better hop to it. We’re entering the middle of August next week. Summer, and all of the tomato deliciousness, is fading fast.

Seriously, I almost lit a pumpkin candle the other day.

Don’t judge.

Simple Summer Tomato Salad

Simple Summer Tomato Salad Recipe

Serves 4 as a side salad Prep Time:


  • 2 - 3 cups quartered min san marzano tomatoes (or halved cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup thinly chopped shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • handful fresh basil
  • handful fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper



Combine tomatoes, shallots, garlic, basil and parsley together in a bowl. Mix well. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for about an hour. Serve.



Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    Stephanie Manley
    August 8, 2015 at 6:31 am

    This looks wonderfully light and refreshing. I am going to the farmers market this morning, I hope I can get some tomatoes half this pretty.

  • Reply
    Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze
    August 7, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I agree with you, I kinda of get tired of lettuce in my salad too. This tomato salad looks like the perfect side companion. Your garden is going to be amazing next season, just watch!! :-)

  • Reply
    Karen @ The Food Charlatan
    August 7, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I am toooootally with you on the pumpkin candles Deseree :) I’m also with you on lettuce free salads. Bring on the gorgeous tomatoes!!

  • Reply
    Alisa Fleming
    August 7, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Absolutely stunning salad Deseree!

  • Reply
    Kaitie Lawlor
    August 7, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I love tomatoes as the star of the salad show and really this simple recipe highlights simple ingredients which is important. Sometimes we can get caught up with too many flavour combos, and forget that simple can be best! Love this!

  • Reply
    marye audet
    August 7, 2015 at 5:18 am

    This looks fantastic! I love tomatoes, especially straight from the garden.

  • Reply
    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    August 7, 2015 at 4:53 am

    What a beautiful salad! Everything in it is growing with abundance in my garden – win, win!

  • Reply
    Melissa Russo
    August 7, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I love tomato salad all year long but especially when we are picking tomatoes on our farm. Yummy.

  • Reply
    Marlynn [UrbanBlissLife]
    August 7, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I love simple tomato salads this time of year, the ones that allow the tomatoes to really shine versus being an afterthought in salads. This recipe looks beautiful – and delicious!

  • A little bit about me...

    Hi! I am Des! Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too. Read more »

    Have new recipes emailed to you.