Easy Italian Tomato Salad (Marinated!)

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This Italian Tomato Salad is one that is incredibly juicy, flavorful, and easy to whip up!  Simple ingredients such as red juicy tomatoes, sweet red onions, and a tangy vinaigrette, create a delicious, low-calorie, and healthy salad to serve the family!  But the secret is in “the method” on how to make it.


Fresh garden tomatoes are at their peak this time of year. What better way to use them up in delicious salads like this one!

We grew up eating this tomato salad our entire lives.  So what gives?

When it comes to making an Italian Tomato Salad, my husband does it best and he has a simple method that never fails.

Our mom always made her tomato salads, simple and delicious, like her Refreshing Tomato Salad with Tuna, and her Spring Tomato Basil Bocconcini Salad.  Both are great too. 

Nowadays, we can find ripe, juicy tomatoes all year round.  With his simple method, you’ll want to make this delicious tasting tomato salad for years to come.


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How to Make Italian Tomato Salad…

The secret to our tomato salad is layering the ingredients in a particular order.

This method allows all the flavors to infuse together while it sits to marinate for a few minutes.

Then the tomato salad is chilled for at least one hour before serving.

His method is to marinate the tomatoes before the vinegar goes in (it makes a huge difference).  And it actually works, creating the most refreshing juicy tomato salad ever. 

It is so flavorful – everyone will go nuts over it! 

Our Italian tomato salad always turns out perfect and POSITIVELY Delicious – every time!



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For this recipe, you will need 4 main ingredients:

  • red juicy tomatoes 

  • red onion

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • red wine vinegar

And of course, some garlic powder, salt, and fresh cracked pepper are the seasonings. 


What Kind of Tomatoes Can We Use?

Juicy red tomatoes on the vine or fresh tomatoes from the garden are perfect to use.  These tomatoes are fire red, very flavorful, and very juicy. 

Best of all, they are high in antioxidants!

They can be found in every fresh market or supermarket this time of year.


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Variations to making this delicious Italian Tomato Salad…  

  • You can add in some fresh herbs like fresh basil, fresh parsley, or even dried oregano. 

  • You may even enjoy adding in some garlic and olives.

  • But when it comes to making a really good Italian tomato salad, my husband believes less is more.  He recommends using only a good quality extra virgin olive oil – imported from Italy, with good quality tomatoes.  He mentions there is no reason to add anything else!  


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This is a terrific salad to serve for lunch or as a side with dinner anytime!

Serve this easy Italian Tomato Salad as a side with our Veal Cutlet Milanese or with our Chicken Rollatini with Prosciutto and Cheese and you’ll have a delicious meal for the entire family!

It’s the perfect salad to bring to any barbecue, picnic, or potluck.  Try it!

It won’t disappoint!




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Yield: 4 to 6

Italian Tomato Salad

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Italian Tomato Salad is made easily with red juicy tomatoes, sweet red onions, extra virgin olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Simple, delicious, and low calorie! A healthy salad to serve the family!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 to 5 fresh tomatoes- rinsed, sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion- sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. salt, and extra to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Season with fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • optional: fresh basil, as garnish


  1. Grab a salad bowl. Place the sliced tomatoes on the bottom. Then top the tomatoes with red onions.
  2. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon of salt over them. Then sprinkle garlic powder.
  3. Next, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil over them. Set aside for 10 minutes to marinate at room temperature.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 20 minutes, or until you are ready to serve.
  5. Just before serving, remove salad from the refrigerator. Pour in red wine vinegar. Toss and mix well. Taste and season with fresh cracked pepper to taste, and serve.
  6. Serves 4 to 6

Nutrition Information:


4 to 6 servgins

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Total Fat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: .7gCarbohydrates: 4.2gFiber: 1.2gSugar: 2.6gProtein: .9g

Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 1 serving. Servings: 6  Calories 60, Total Fat 4.8g, Saturated Fat 0.7g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 55mg, Total Carbohydrate 4.2g, Dietary Fiber 1.2g, Total Sugars 2.6g Protein 0.9g Vitamin D 0mcg0%Calcium 11mg1%Iron 0mg1%Potassium 213mg.  

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xo Anna and Liz

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  • Reply
    September 7, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    What a great way to use all of the tomatoes I have growing in my garden right now!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      September 7, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Yes absolutely- this is a great way to use up those beautiful garden tomatoes! Enjoy!! πŸ™‚

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    Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina
    August 27, 2021 at 9:27 am

    We must have been raised together at some point in our lives, Anna and Liz. My mother and now my family have prepared this delightful, garden-fresh tomato and basil salad since I can remember. I eat it straight out of the bowl sometimes because I’m too impatient to dig right in and enjoy!!!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 27, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      We feel the same! Thanks Roz! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

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    Chef Mimi
    August 21, 2021 at 11:38 am

    I agree. Often times less is definitely more! Especially when you’re talking about beautiful, ripe tomatoes. I’m still waiting for mine to ripen. I have a million cherry and grapes, but I love those big juicy ones!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 21, 2021 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks, Mimi, this salad is a definite winner – hope you’ll try it soon! Have a great day! πŸ™‚

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    Roz Corieri Paige
    February 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I love a great Italian tomato salad too, and need to try your husband's tried and true method to make it even more delicious! Great tips Liz and Anna! PS: some of the best tomatoes on the planet are grown on Edisto Island — something about the soil. You'll be having fresh tomatoes in no time in the Lowcountry!

    • Reply
      February 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Oh wow Roz! We didn't know that about Edisto Island good to know

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      February 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks again ! Xoxo

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    Tricia Buice
    January 19, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Another wonderful, bright and fresh salad – I could eat this for dinner with a big slice of bread! Nice.

    • Reply
      February 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      We could too Tricia! Thanks for stopping by.

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    nicole nadel
    January 17, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I have had Joe's tomato salad, and it is the best!!

    • Reply
      January 17, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks Nicole for your kind words, you are so sweet! Xo

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    Barbara Bakes
    September 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    My mom made a similar dish with cucumbers but I haven't tried it with tomatoes. Great idea.

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      September 25, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Hey Barbara, I bet its delicious with cucumbers!

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    September 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I think he's right. What oo do you use?

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      September 25, 2013 at 2:55 am

      HI Abbe, we use Colavita extra-virgin olive oil. But, any brand that is labeled "product of Italy" is really good quality evoo. You pay a little more for them, but worth it since you will notice the difference in flavor.

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    Marin mama cooks
    September 24, 2013 at 3:49 am

    I totally agree with your hubby that fresh and ripe tomatoes do not need anything else but olive oil and maybe a splash of balsamic. BTW, I love the new look of your site! xoxo, jackie

    • Reply
      September 25, 2013 at 2:45 am

      Thanks Jackie!

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    March 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Mmm I can't wait until tomatoes are really in season so I can make this! I know their really fresh flavor will be outstanding in it!

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