Heirloom Tomato Salad

Vibrant and fresh summer Heirloom Tomatoes Salad with fresh basil and sharp Caper Vinaigrette Dressing. A lite, clean, and delicious Salad to brighten up any meal. You will love the flavors.

Heirloom Tomato Salad
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Fresh Heirloom Tomatoes, basil and onion salad with vibrant Capers Mustard Salad dressing. Ready in just 15 minutes, this colorful Heirloom Salad is perfect to brighten flavor of any summer meal. Gluten free, dairy free, vegan. 

A tomato salad with sharp dressing is in our menu all summer long for two reasons:

  1. Clean Salad that is ready in 15 minutes.
  2. Can't beat sweetness and colors of fresh tomatoes and basil. Star of the table, every time!

If you too love combination of Tomatoes and Basil? I'm sure you will love one of my top reader-favorite recipe - Cherry Tomato and Basil Pasta 

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom tomatoes are seasonal. In late spring to mid summer, you will find variety of heirloom tomatoes in produce section of most grocery stores. For fresh heirloom tomato salad, I prefer to use beef-steak heirloom tomatoes because these are juicy, colorful, and sweet. 

When a salad is so fresh and simple, it calls for good quality ingredients. I highly recommend using good sourced heirloom tomatoes which are ripe and firm, fresh basil, and good quality olive oil for the dressing. 

Worth a mention, this Salad recipe is also rich in anti-oxidants, and vitamins. Even though mozzarella will goes great with this tomato salad, I deliberately skipped it to share a healthier salad where tomatoes are the star. Salad is dairy free, gluten free and vegan.

Dig in. Enjoy the simplicity of this beautiful and delicious salad.

Fresh Heirloom Tomato Salad

What Do You Need To Make Heirloom Tomato Basil Salad

Without doubt, star ingredients of this salad is - Heirloom Tomatoes and Caper Dressing.

That said, overall it is a humble salad with easy-to-find ingredients. Most of it you will already have in pantry or refrigerator.

  1. Heirloom Tomatoes
  2. Fresh Basil
  3. Red Onion
  4. Capers Vinaigrette Dressing

To make the Heirloom Tomato Salad, I start by making the vinaigrette and then slice heirloom tomatoes to thick round slices using serrated knife. The best thing about using serrated knife is that it cuts clean slices of tomatoes without tearing the skin. This is one of my favorite tool to slice tomatoes.

Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes

Perfectly sliced firm tomatoes are key to a good tomato salad. You can slices tomatoes any way you want. Round slices like shown above or simply cut heirloom tomatoes into wedges.

Honestly, when tomatoes are this colorful, ripe and sweet, any way you slice will look good. Don't you think?

Capers Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Capers Dressing is one of our favorite salad dressing to serve with Heirloom Tomatoes Salad. It is combination of Mustard Vinaigrette mixed with smashed capers and herbs for earthy and briny flavor. Dressing also goes great with salads such as tomato salad, avocado salad, or peach salad.

Tip: Try this dressing with grilled peaches, tomatoes and avocado salad. Specially when peaches are in season, I often serve this salad with summer BBQ.

Here is the ingredients you need to make Capers Vinaigrette Dressing:

  1. Capers
  2. Dijon Mustard
  3. Red Vine Vinegar
  4. Olive Oil
  5. Oregano
  6. Salt and Pepper

Heirloom Tomatoes Salad Dressing

When ready to serve, layer tomatoes on a platter, top with onion. Spoon dressing on the top along with teared fresh basil leaves. Salad is best when made with chilled Heirloom Tomatoes. Or Let assembled Heirloom Salad chill for 15 minutes before serving.

Tip: If you can't find Heirloom Tomatoes, try this salad with fresh ripe Roma tomatoes. Dressing goes great with all variety of sweet tomatoes.

Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes Salad

You can use same recipe to make marinated Heirloom tomato Salad. Coat sliced tomatoes and onion in half of the dressing, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. When ready to serve, arrange tomatoes on a platter, top with fresh basil, red onion and remaining dressing. Serve immediately.

Sliced Fresh Heirloom Tomato Basil Salad with Dressing

When to serve Heirloom Tomato Salad?

I love to serve Heirloom Salad with grilled dinner. The clean flavor of tomatoes also goes great on the side of a garlicky pasta.

Try Heirloom Salad with:

Friends, bring home the flavors of summer. Brighten-up this weekend's dinner with this clean and healthy Heirloom Tomato Salad recipe. If you can't find Heirloom Tomatoes, try this salad with fresh ripe Roma tomatoes. Dressing goes great with all variety of sweet tomatoes.

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

5 (14 reviews)
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Italian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 4 Servings - Serves: 4
Nutrition: 165 calories per serving


Heirloom Tomato Salad
Herb Capers Vinaigrette Dressing


  • 1. Prepare Salad Ingredients Use serrated knife to slice heirloom tomatoes to even round slices. Wash and dry basil leaves. Small chop few basil leaves to yield 1 tablespoon chopped herb. Small dice red onions. Set aside.
  • 2. Make Dressing In a small bowl or jar, add all ingredients for dressing except capers. Whisk or close lid of jar, shake to emulsify. Mix in chopped capers, chopped basil leaves, and half of the diced red onions. Mix. Set aside.
  • 3. Assemble Salad Layer sliced tomatoes in a wide salad platter. Top with remaining half of the red onions. Sprinkle salt on tomatoes, then spoon herb dressing along with capers and onions, distributing evenly.
  • 4. Garnish and Serve Garnish with remaining basil leaves. Serve immediately.
Savita's Notes:

  1. Salad is best when made with chilled Heirloom Tomatoes. Or Let assembled Heirloom Salad chill for 15 minutes before serving.
  2. Adapt this salad to serve for lunch - add avocadoes and grilled peaches. (yum!)

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26 Responses

  1. This tomato salad looks so good and refreshing. I’ll have to make one this week for dinner.
  2. This is so refershing! I love the colors too, surely goes well with barbecue and grilled chicken!
  3. I love all things tomato, especially heirlooms. I am so interested in this dressing, however! I have never thought to add capers. Pinned and planning on trying.
  4. Just a few ingredients and you can enjoy a healthy & light salad. This can be added to Sunday family brunch or dinner. Thanks for sharing the recipe! So easy to follow.
  5. This is one good recipe. Now, I know what to do with all the fresh tomatoes at home.
  6. Oh my goodness! I love all these colors! This is a must make salad for summer!
  7. My dad wouldve loved this recipe so much. He loved growing tomatoes in his garden and couldnt wait for the first one to turn red.
  8. My husband would really enjoy this salad, he loves tomatos. Plus, its a simple salad to create and healthy also.
  9. All of the warm colors and fresh ingredients makes for a beautiful salad and Ill have to try this sometime soon!!!
  10. Wow! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I’m surely gonna give this recipe a try
  11. Im obsessed with tomatoes right now from my friends garden. That caper vinaigrette sounds bomb.
  12. This salad is so pretty. It is inspiring me to plant this type of tomatoes next year in my garden.
  13. It is nice to get creative with heirloom tomatoes and showcase their beautiful colors and patterns. Lovely salad idea!
  14. I would love this salad so much. I am a huge fan of tomatoes!
  15. I made this with a barbecue for my family and everyone loved it. I was able to use veggies from my garden, which was nice. My Dad being an avid gardener asked for the recipe, so I knew it was a keeper! I loved the use of capers too. Thank you!
    Thanks for letting me know and sweet feedback! I'm glad you liked my recipe. The briny bite of capers go well with tomatoes and onions. Excellent thought on using veggies from your own garden! 👍
  16. Hi, Now I have another idea for heirloom tomatoes! Thanks for sharing!
  17. This is SO incredibly beautiful, and it tastes just as wholesome and refreshing as it looks!
  18. One of the summer veggies I look forward to most every year is truly wonderful heirloom tomatoes! What makes this gorgeous salad even more of a standout, though, is the zippy caper dressing - what a yummy final touch!
    You got it! 🙌
  19. Tomato salads are the best. I mean, they are definitely in my top-3 salad mix for sure!
  20. I love how fresh and easy this salad is!
  21. This salad is sooo yummy and refreshing!
  22. Oh, yes. This is like summer on a plate. I grow heirloom tomatoes every year, so I know this is going to be a big, big winner.
  23. Such a beautiful recipe with delicious fresh flavor. This recipe is a keeper for sure!