Tomato, Olive and Goat Cheese Salad
I love this Tomato, Olive and Goat Cheese Salad with and the onion-caper vinaigrette really perks up the flavors in this tasty summer tomato salad!
At this time of year I always start remembering how that fresh-from-the-garden produce will only be around for about another month, and I want to eat tomato salads and zucchini dishes as often as I can! This year I don’t have as much garden produce, which is making me savor it all the more when friends or family member share tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumbers with me. And I love tomato salads with goat cheese, and this recipe is another variation on that idea.
Tomato, Olive and Goat Cheese Salad is adapted from a recipe in The Low Carb Gourmet (affiliate link) by Karen Barnaby, a fabulous cookbook whether or not you’re into lower-carb eating. I think this combination of capers, chopped red onion, Kalamata olives, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar goes perfectly with fresh tomatoes, but if one of those doesn’t appeal to you, substitute ingredients to fit your own taste and this will still be delicious. And if you’d like to join me in stretching out summer, check after the main recipe for a lot more tomato salad ideas!
How to Make Tomato, Olive and Goat Cheese Salad:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- You must start with juicy sun-ripened tomatoes, cut into thick slices and arranged on a serving plate.
- Whisk together balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and olive oil, and then stir in the chopped capers and onion to make the dressing. (I like to keep those ingredients kind of chunky, but if you prefer a finer chop you could make this in a mini-processor or use an immersion blender.)
- Coarsely chop the Kalamata olives, or use plain sliced black olives if you prefer.
- Keep goat cheese in the fridge until you’re ready to crumble it over the tomatoes! Putting goat cheese on the salad BEFORE the dressing is unusual, but it really works!
- Drizzle each serving with some of the Onion-Caper Vinaigrette.
- Then sprinkle each serving with some of the Kalamata olives, and devour!
Make it a Meal:
More Amazing Tomato Salads for Summer:
Ten Favorite Salads with Garden Tomatoes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Blueberry and Tomato Salad ~ Leite’s Culinaria
Tomato, Cucumber, and Radish Salad with Yogurt-Tahini Dressing ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Tomato, Beet, and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ The Perfect Pantry
Want Even More Summer Tomato Salads?
Check out Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads (plus Honorable Mentions) for more amazing salad ideas for summer tomatoes!
- 4 vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into thick slices
- 2 T coarsely chopped Kalamata olives
- 2 T crumbled goat cheese (see notes)
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 2 T best quality balsamic vinegar
- 3 T best quality extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 T capers, drained but not rinsed, chopped if large
- 1 T finely minced red onion
- Wash tomatoes, slice thickly, and arrange on two serving plates.
- Whisk together balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and olive oil.
- Then stir in capers and chopped onion.
- Coarsely chop or slice the olives.
- Crumble goat cheese over tomatoes.
- Spoon dressing over each serving of tomatoes and sprinkle Kalamata olives over.
Use a goat cheese like Chevre that comes in a log. Recipe adapted from The Low Carb Gourmet by Karen Barnaby.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 515mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Tomato, Olive and Goat Cheese Salad is perfect for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. Tomatoes are relatively high in carbs for a vegetable, but this recipe makes a small serving that would work for low-carb diet plans, including Keto. This would be great when you’re making a nice dinner and you want to impress your guests.
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Use the Salads Index to find more tasty salads like this one. Use the Diet Type Index to find recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You can also Follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.