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.
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!
For this recipe, you will need 4 main ingredients:
red juicy tomatoes
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.
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!
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!
What else to serve with our Italian Tomato Salad…
More Italian Salads to try!
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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
- Grab a salad bowl. Place the sliced tomatoes on the bottom. Then top the tomatoes with red onions.
- Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon of salt over them. Then sprinkle garlic powder.
- Next, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil over them. Set aside for 10 minutes to marinate at room temperature.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 20 minutes, or until you are ready to serve.
- 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.
- Serves 4 to 6
Yield: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