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Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads (and honorable mentions)

I’ve updated my list of favorite summer tomato salads with so everyone with a garden can take full advantage of them before fresh tomato season is gone! Tomatoes are not super low in carbs, but all these salads are low-glycemic and gluten-free, and they’re all amazing! Use Tomato Recipes to find more recipes like these.

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It’s Labor Day Weekend in the U.S., but before I talk about Summer Tomato Salads I want to mention what a scary few days it’s been in my life. At 1:00 a.m. on Thursday night I was awakened to someone pounding on my door saying “FIRE, you must leave immediately,” and within a few hours this horrible fire was covering a big part of the mountain that’s behind my house.

It’s been an emotional and disruptive few days. But I’m safe and my house is okay too, and I am feeling grateful to the amazing firemen, police, and other responders in my area who worked diligently to protect us and save our homes. I’m still not back in my house, but hoping to be able to go home today. For sure this is a Labor Day Weekend I won’t forget!

Now let’s talk about tomato salads!

There’s no other seasonal food I love more than ripe summer tomatoes, and when good tomatoes are available, I have to indulge in them even if they aren’t that low in carbs. I first shared my picks for Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads in 2011, when my father had died recently and I’d just finished cleaning out his house with my siblings, and it was definitely a time for comfort food that weekend. But of course I’ve made a lot more tomato salads since then, and I’ve updated this post regularly with new favorites. That’s partly why I had to add a section for Honorable Mentions, so don’t miss checking out those.

When I first picked my ten favorite tomato salads, I had a big vegetable garden where I grew lots and lots of tomatoes. Now I have a nice garden space at the new house, and summer tomatoes are just starting to come at a regular pace this year. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only low-carb eater who has to indulge a bit in garden tomatoes when they’re in season, so I hope these Summer Tomato Salads might include one or two that will become favorites at your house! And enjoy the weekend everyone.

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com

I make this Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Herbs all summer long!

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Another tomato recipe I make over and over is these Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks (with Basil Vinaigrette drizzled over the top.)

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Bacon might be the first word in the title, but fresh garden tomatoes are also essential in this Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado Salad!

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions) found on KalynsKitchen.com

I love all the summer flavors in Green Bean, Tomato, Onion, and Basil Summer Salad, and if you have green beans from the garden that’s even better!

Spicy Tomato Cucumber Salad with Peperoncini

Spicy Tomato Cucumber Salad with Peperoncini is a new salad this summer, and I’ve made this over and over when I needed a pot-luck salad!

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions) found on KalynsKitchen.com

I’d never get tired of this Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme!

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com

One of the tomato salads I’ve loved for years is the Middle Eastern Tomato Salad that I learned to make from my friend Massoud. You may have had this in a restaurant where it might be called Salad Shirazi, and salads with these ingredients are made all over the world.

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions) found on KalynsKitchen.com

The eggs add a lot of good protein to this Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette!

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and ten honorable mentions) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette is a salad I’ve been making since the early days of my blog!

Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads with Garden Tomatoes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com

And this Bacon, Tomato, and Zucchini Salad with Feta is a newly rediscovered old favorite, finally photographed for the blog. My sister Sandee made this and declared it’s a keeper.

10 More Summer Salads with Garden Tomatoes!

I’ve been growing tomatoes for years and years, which is why there are so many tomato salads on this blog. Here are more favorites of mine!
Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Tomato Salad with Avocado, Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime
Green Bean, Tomato, and Feta Salad Oreganato
Marinated Tomato Salad with Parsley and Marjoram Dressing
Green Goddess Tomato-Mozzarella Stacks
Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit
Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans, Feta, and Herbs
Tomato, Cucumber, and Radish Salad with Yogurt and Tahini Dressing
Sliced Tomato, Olive, and Goat Cheese Salad with Onion-Caper Vinaigrette
Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumbers, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime

Now It’s Your Turn to Share:

Please let us know in the comments about your favorite salad recipe that features fresh garden tomatoes!

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    20 Comments on “Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads (and honorable mentions)”

  1. What a wonderful selection of tomato salads! I will definitely try a few, they all look and sound so delicious!

  2. What a wonderful selection of tomato salads! I will definitely try a few, they all look and sound so delicious! So many with feta (favorite, yum!), but I'm most curious about the one with Gorgonzola dressing. We often make a very simple tomato salad: http://www.cookiesandcarrotsticks.com/recipes/tomato-salad/. Thank you for letting us post our own as well 🙂

  3. NOBODY does salads as yummy as you!

  4. All look yummy — don't know which one looks best! One of my favorites from my own blog is my Prosciutto Caprese with Toasted Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Chips:
    http://moretimeatthetable.com/2012/09/18/proscuitto-caprese-with-toasty-brussels-sprouts-and-parmesan-chips/ Thanks for asking and happy tomato salad summer!

  5. Ooh, your yellow tomato salad has got me salivating!

    Our $15 Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate:

    http://www.houseofannie.com/15-heirloom-tomato-caprese-salad-for-5/

  6. That would be great, thanks!

  7. Kalyn, hope you don't mind if I share this link with our Farmers Market customers. I always love your seasonal recipes and…tomatoes are FINALLY here! -Downtown Farmers Market

  8. Thanks you guys. I love being the queen of salads.

  9. I agree with a previous comment, you are the queen of salads! I love them all!

  10. Wow! What a lovely selections of enticing salads. Thank you!

  11. Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts about my favorite salads. The house is mostly cleaned out now and today is the big family reunion with about 100 people. Should be fun, and a nice way to finish up that rite of passage.

    Shirley, you're right. I'm making the salad with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olives and basil for the reunion.

  12. Kalyn, you are the queen of amazing salads, so I'm not surprised at all that you had a hard time choosing ten. I probably would have done my usual "cheat" when I do Top 10 lists and said "Top 10 Plus One (Or Two)." LOL But where does one stop? 😉 That first photo and those stacks are especially appealing to me!

    Hoping that you guys are done cleaning so that you all can focus on your family reunion event! Bet one of your salads makes it on to the table. 🙂

    Shirley

  13. I have saved them all, could not find one I would not like to try. thanks for sharing.

  14. Wow, great recipes, Kalyn. I want a tomato sandwich right now!…but waaah…my green zebra tomato plant only produced 2 tomatoes so far…I will savor eating them tomorrow. Perhaps I need to repot the plant to get more tomatoes this year.

  15. Oh BOY what a wonderful post. So timely with fresh tomato season in full bloom!

  16. Kalyn, what a beautiful and delicious group of salads. My favorite these days is a Hearty and Skinny Antipasto Salad!
    http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/hearty-and-skinny-antipasto-salad-meal/

  17. I'm already planning for next year's tomato planting, and after seeing these salads again, I know a Green Zebra plant will be in the garden next May.

  18. Easch one had me salivating more and more!