Barely a Recipe: Heirloom Tomatoes & Dressing

Everywhere I look, blog posts are popping up about using up tomatoes from the summer harvest. While I have canned tomatoes this summer and would love to make homemade marinara, sometimes a light snack is all I want from this tangy summer fruit. Heirloom tomatoes combined with high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar, mixed with a few pinches of fresh basil, hit the spot for a classic appetizer.

mini heirloom tomato salad with basil

The ingredients for this dish are so simple they barely require a recipe. You can adjust the quantity for however many people you want to serve.

Mini Heirloom Tomatoes and DressingServes 2 as a side dish
Prep time: 5 minutes (no cooking)

Two handfuls miniature heirloom tomatoes (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
several leaves fresh basil
fresh cracked pepper

Wash and dry tomatoes, then halve or quarter as desired. Chiffonade the basil (we’re getting real classy) by stacking several leaves, rolling them up, then cutting thin strips. Add basil to a small bowl with olive oil and vinegar, then add tomatoes and toss til evenly dressed. You’ll have a little extra dressing sitting at the bottom- more tomatoes, anyone?

mini heirloom tomato salad ingredients old town oil chicago

If you live in the Chicago area, I highly recommend olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Old Town Oil. Their products are well worth the splurge, and you can taste in the store before buying!

About Humble Foodie

While we both love to eat well, life as AmeriCorps volunteers doesn’t afford us the budget to try every new restaurant and type of cuisine. With many post-graduate expenses and limited financial resources, what’s a foodie to do? The answer is here, at The Humble Foodie. Instead of spending our hard-earned cash paying other people to cook for us, we’re spending as frugally as possible making delicious meals at home.
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3 Responses to Barely a Recipe: Heirloom Tomatoes & Dressing

  1. Maija says:

    Just picked a bunch of cherry tomatoes and there are more on their way. I am going to do this right now!! Whenever I go over to my Argentine / Italian friend’s house, they have this dish with everything we eat. Yum!

  2. There’s an amazing scene from Julie & Julia, where Julie and her hubby are eating thick cut bruschetta laden with olive oil & heirloom tomatoes with basil. My mouth salivates every time and looking at your lovely pic makes me recall that special food moment!

    • I’m glad you liked the picture! I would love to spend a year cooking recipes by a famous chef…I am too tempted by the zillions of amazing food blogs to settle on one person’s creations for an entire year though!

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