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Italian Tomato Salad

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Italian Tomato Salad is juicy, flavorful, and easy to whip up! Nowadays, we can find ripe, juicy tomatoes all year round. But, when it comes to making an Italian Tomato Salad, my husband does it best!  It’s an amazing low-calorie salad that is wonderful to serve for lunch or dinner anytime!

He makes his tomato salad with red juicy tomatoes, sweet red onions, extra virgin olive oil, and red wine vinegar.

The secret to his salad is layering the ingredients in a particular order, allowing all the flavors to marinate for 10 minutes at room temperature.  This method of his allows the flavors to infuse together.

Then he chills the salad before serving.

It makes a huge difference, and his method actually works, creating this refreshing juicy tomato salad that is so flavorful – it’s amazing!


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Juicy red tomatoes on-the-vine or fresh tomatoes from the garden are what he prefers to use. These tomatoes are fire red, very flavorful, and high in antioxidants!

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


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There are so many variations to making an Italian Tomato Salad.  You can make it adding in some herbs like fresh basil, fresh parsley or 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 when you use really good quality extra virgin olive oil – imported from Italy, with good quality tomatoes, there is no reason to add anything else!

Serve this easy Italian Tomato Salad to compliment any grilled meat, like our Veal Cutlet Milanese, or Roasted Chicken Thighs, and you’ll have a delicious meal for the entire family! 

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
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. salt, and extra to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Season with fresh cracked pepper to taste


  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.
  3. Then drizzle the olive oil over them on top. 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.
  6. Pour in red wine vinegar. Toss and mix well. Taste and season with fresh cracked pepper to taste, and serve.
  7. Serves 4 to 6

Thanks for stopping by!

xo Anna and Liz

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  • Reply
    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

    • Reply
      February 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks again ! Xoxo

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      September 25, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Hey Barbara, I bet its delicious with cucumbers!

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    September 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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

    • Reply
      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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