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Tomato salad or how simple can be so good..

Tomato salad with basil oil |

Growing up tomatoes where not really my favorite. My mum used them in the salad. And salad in those days was lettuce, a boiled egg, cucumber and a tomato. Hardly something worth bragging about. With a bottle of saladdressing. That’s the salad we used to eat at home. Because it was healthy, but I didn’t particularly enjoy it very much. The tomatoes were tasteless, the cucumber didn’t add much flavor either so the one thing that was tasty enough where the eggs and the sauce. Thankfully those days are long gone and the salads we make now are a joy in every way. I am a salad junkie. It’s delicious and so versatile you’d never have to eat the same salad! And it’s usually healthy too. (largely depending on what you put in of course. Yes, a salad CAN be unhealthy too!)

Tomato varieties |

But we’re not talking about unhealthy salads here. We were talking about tomatoes… those tomatoes from back than.

Over the period of the last couple of years the offer in tomatoes here in the Netherlands has changed dramatically. If you visit any average supermarket these days you can find a host of different types, one tasting even better than the next. Yes, they still have those tasteless ones too. And yes, they are always the cheapest ones too. But I’d rather pay a little bit more and have a tomato I truly enjoy. (of course depending on what I am gonna be using it for) And if you go to one of the wholesale stores in Amsterdam, it is literally tomato heaven. So much choice! So I always end up buying too many. Ca’t resist all that prettiness.

Tomatosalad |

And what do you do with tasty tomatoes? You make a very simple tomato salad. Or ad a few strawberries, a drizzle of some good balsamic and you have a winner. The combinations are endless, but this time I stuck to basic. Different kinds of tomatoes (yes, they do all have their own taste!), bit of basil oil and fig date vinegar and it’s party time.

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Tomato salad
This salad is so simple you can really hardly call it a recipe but the quality and the taste of this salad has everything to do with the quality of the tomatoes you put into it. As variation you can add strawberries, a spring onion, or mix some lettuce through the tomatoes for a more complete salad. Make it more filling by adding meat or fish.  
  • 250-350 gram tomatoes in various types and shapes and sizes
  • basil oil or another good olive oil
  • fig date vinegar or a good balsamic would be nice too
  1. Cut your tomatoes into various sizes and put them in a bowl
  2. Drizzle with the basil oil and some of the fig date vinegar and add a sprinkle of salt if you want

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  1. Colourful, fresh and delicious! A wonderfully summery salad.



  2. We love tomatoes and I can’t wait to bite into one straight out of our garden. This recipe is on my list. Yum! Hugs! P.S.  I invite you to share at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ( open until Sat midnight) 

    • O yes nothing beats homegrown tomatoes! Which reminds me! I completely forgot to plant new ones this season!! How stupid of me. I might still be able to get a plant instead of seeds…. Need to look into that! And will have a look at the blog hop!

  3. I love a good tomato salad! And it is easier to buy decent out-of-season tomatoes these days. Although nothing compares to homegrown — can’t wait until our ripen. Assuming the squirrels don’t get them all again. 😉

    • Yes, I definitely think there are few things that are tastier than a good tomato salad from your own garden. I was just telling Katherine that I completely forgot to plant our tomatoes this year…. 🙁 And we don’t even have squirrels!

  4. Shame my local shops have such a limited range of tomatoes – online is better of course – but I really should grow my own! Really inspiring photos by the way…

  5. This is the prettiest salad I’ve seen for a long time. I really enjoy adding edible flowers to dishes, as well as eating them. So pretty! R

  6. Hah – I used to be a tomato-avoider as a child too! Those slimy pips that got everywhere and stuck to things as they dried… shudder. And then I discovered sun-dried tomatoes; and then sweet little cherry tomatoes… and today I eat all tomatoes. Which is good, because as you say they are so good to photograph! Can’t wait to try some of Nick’s homegrown ones with your gorgeous fig and date vinegar 🙂

  7. I have been missing a few markets this Summer but have not yet seen an abundance of tomatoes. Can’t wait to get them here! Love the different colors on your bowl!

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