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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.

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

About the author

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


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