Tomato salad and how simple can sometimes be the best thing

tomaten salade

The first time I heard the word heirloom tomatoes I was a little bit baffled. Heirloom tomatoes? Huh? In the meantime it has become more or less a common term. Certainly among anyone interested in food and in short it kind of means that it’s a forgotten tomato. Old varieties that aren’t produced in such big numbers. Usually they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and the weirder the better. The taste can vary from really sweet to sour or even salty. Fresh of meaty. The term heirloom is now used by everyone and his dog which also means that it is hard to know if it really is what they say it is, or just another way to decieve the poor customer. And to be honest; you can tell me anything really. I don’t know the difference between a real heirloom tomato or an imposter. Because let’s face it; if the flavor is good, the flavor is good!


Anyway; I love experimenting with all different kinds of tomatoes in my salads. Using different colors and different sizes and shapes gives the salad something interesting plus the flavors are much more interesting. The plain old Dutch tomatoe hardly ever makes it here as I find the taste bland, watery and not interesting. There are so many delicious tomatoes out there, why settle for less (well yes they cost less but still..)

A good tomato hardly needs anything at all.

So this salad shines in it’s simplicity. It is literally tomatoes, vinaigrette and a bit of cucumber for good measure… Use whatever tomato you want; heirloom, non heirloom or whatever you have in your backyard, refrigerator or store.

Tomato salad


  • 500g tomatoes (Use different shapes, sizes and colors to make yr salad pop)
  • sprig cilantro (coriander, leaves only)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar (or another nice vinegar)
  • black pepper
  • seasalt
  • 1/2 cucumber


  1. Wash the cucumber and slice lengthwise. Chop the halves into smaller slices.
    Wash all the tomatoes and slice or chop them into various different sizes. The more shapes, sizes and colours you use the better your salad will look. Plus the tastes are all different, adding more variety to your salad too.
    Squeeze the lemon and mix with the olive oil and the vinegar to make a vinaigrette. Taste and adjust to your liking. Also adding salt and pepper to the dressing at this point.
  2. Put cucumber and all tomatoes into a large bowl and mix well with the dressing. Toss it around until all tomatoes are covered in a little bit of the dressing. taste again and add pepper and/or salt if needed.
    add some cilantro through the tomatoes if you like. Chives would also be really good with the tomatoes or basil ofcourse.

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over. She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats. Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer


  1. Beautiful colours… ‘Spring’ in a plate ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Fresh and tasty! Simplicity is the key ingredient…



  3. Sometimes, simple is best! I grow my heirloom tomatoes, each year for an even better flavour! Yum Yum Yummm!

    Give me a chilled cabernet rosรฉ & I will eat it in my garden, with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I couldn’t agree more — when tomatoes are at their peak you need to add so little to them in order to turn them into an amazing meal. Tomato season is always one of my happiest food seasons each year!

  5. I agree tomatoes do not require much added, they are that amazing! I love going to our farmers markets and grabbing different colored tomatoes! Your salad looks amazing:-) Hugs, Terra

  6. There’s just something so beautiful about heirloom tomatoes. For me it’s that theyre not imposters born in some lab to be super perect tomatoes. Simple salads like this are what I live on during the hotter months….. which is about half the year here in Phoenix ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes, well we don’t have that much of good weather really but I agree; it’s their imperfection that makes them perfect! Plus the flavors. Ray so wildly that it’s always a surprise to find how they taste!

  7. When local tomatoes are in season, we have exactly this salad all the time! One of the best — simple, and outstanding flavor. And I’m with you — if the flavor is good, the flavor is good (heirloom or no).

  8. I agree with you if the flavor of the tomato is good, who cares. I am sure there are many who loosely use the word heirloom as it sounds a little more exciting and suggests a more romantic tomato dish. Love simplicity. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes, there are a lot of those words that people tend to use as it kind of sounds more exciting/romantic/fun than what they’re actually selling probably. Lol… O well, as long as it tastes good, it tastes good!

  9. Such a great post! Love what you created, looks delicious and I’m going to try it! Here is my latest food related post if you wanna take a look ๐Ÿ™‚

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