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.
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.
I make this Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Herbs all summer long!
Bacon might be the first word in the title, but fresh garden tomatoes are also essential in this Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado Salad!
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 is a new salad this summer, and I’ve made this over and over when I needed a pot-luck salad!
I’d never get tired of this Chopped Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Feta, Lemon, and Thyme!
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.
The eggs add a lot of good protein to this Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette!
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!
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!