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Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Herbs

Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Herbs is a salad I’ve been making for family parties and dinner guests for years!

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This Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Herbs is something that’s been appearing on my table for as many summers as I can  remember, and this is my very favorite thing to make with the Basil Vinaigrette I featured recently. And it’s prime season for garden tomatoes in the northern hemisphere, so I thought it was a good time to remind you about this recipe by featuring it as my Friday Favorites pick today.

As long as you have fresh tomatoes and goat cheese, there are several ways I’ve found to enjoy this salad. Of course I love the salad when I have plenty of fresh chopped basil from the garden to make the basil vinaigrette! But if you don’t have fresh basil, I’ve even used store-bought basil pesto with vinaigrette dressing to make a dressing, and the salad was still amazing. Of course, fresh basil and fresh herbs sprinkled on top will make the salad even better!

Since I’ve been making this salad for years, I’ve noticed many people think I’m talking about Feta cheese when they hear goat cheese. Certainly Feta would taste good here, but I think the creamy goat’s milk cheese that comes in a log is so fabulous with the basil vinaigrette. In the U.S., Montrachet and Chevre are two brands that are widely available. Goat cheese is probably an acquired taste, but I’ve converted quite a few people to it by making this salad for them, so give it a try if you’ve never had this type of cheese.


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How to Make Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Herbs:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. If you check the recipe there are several ways to make a flavorful basil vinaigrette, but this time had plenty of fresh basil in my garden, so I washed the basil in the salad spinner and chopped it in a food processor. (I like to freeze fresh basil, so I don’t mind if there’s extra basil.)
  2. I combined fresh chopped basil with Le Parisien Vinaigrette to make the dressing, but use any low-sugar vinaigrette.
  3. Slice or quarter juicy fresh tomatoes.  (I’ve made this salad with every type or color of fresh garden tomato you can imagine, and all were good.)
  4. Finely chop fresh herbs of your choice and crumble goat cheese.
  5. Then arrange the tomatoes on a plate, drizzle the basil vinaigrette over, and sprinkle with the goat cheese and finely chopped herbs.
  6. This amazing summer salad combination could not be easier!

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More Delicious Ways to Use Basil Vinaigrette:

Grilled Halibut with Basil Vinaigrette ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, Olives, and Feta with Basil Vinaigrette ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lightly Steamed Asparagus with Basil Vinaigrette ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Want More Summer Tomato Salads?

Check out Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads (plus Honorable Mentions) for more amazing salad ideas for summer tomatoes!

Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Herbs

Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Herbs

Yield 2 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Nothing says summer like this Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Fresh Herbs.

Ingredients

  • 3 thickly sliced tomatoes
  • 2 T crumbled goat cheese (see notes)
  • 2 T basil vinaigrette (see options below)
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh herbs (use basil, Italian oregano, Greek oregano, marjoram, thyme, chives, or other fresh herbs of your choice)
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper if desired

Instructions

Basic Salad Directions:

  1. Slice tomatoes in thick slices, half-moon slices, or even large diced pieces if using small tomatoes. Arrange tomatoes on serving dish.
  2. Drizzle tomatoes with basil vinaigrette, then sprinkle goat cheese and chopped herbs over. (Leave the cheese in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it, or it will get too soft and be hard to crumble.)
  3. You can season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper if desired, but I find this is one of the few ways to serve tomatoes that doesn’t really need salt.

Basil Vinaigrette Options; All These Variations are Amazing:

  1. Combine chopped basil and olive oil to make basil puree, then mix pureed basil with your favorite vinaigrette or Italian dressing. (More about Basil Vinaigrette with basil puree here. This is my preferred method for intense basil flavor.)
  2. Combine finely chopped fresh basil and your favorite Vinaigrette or Italian dressing in a jar and shake. If you can do this an hour or so beforehand it will let the flavors blend, but it’s not essential.
  3. If you’re a gardener who has frozen basil in the freezer, the frozen basil mixed with your favorite vinaigrette or Italian dressing is an easy way to make basil vinaigrette.) If you don’t have any fresh or frozen basil, purchased basil pesto mixed with your favorite vinaigrette or Italian dressing will also make a delicious basil vinaigrette.

Notes

Only make this when you have fresh flavorful tomatoes, everything else can be adapted with what you have on hand. I prefer Chevre or Montrachet for the goat cheese, the kind that comes in a log.

This is a summer tomato salad recipe Kalyn has been experimenting with for many years.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 504mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re making this Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Fresh Herbs for the original South Beach Diet, or another Low-Glycemic or low-carb eating plan, be sure to use a salad dressing with only 2-3 grams of sugar per serving. This is surprisingly low in carbs, and you could eat a small serving for most low-carb diet plans.

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    31 Comments on “Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Herbs”

  1. Yikes, I am so bad at responding to comments sometimes. Life just gets too busy, but I do read and appreciate them all.

    Lauren, any vinaigrette type dressing you like the taste of will work here, either store-bought or homemade.

  2. Looks so fresh and delicious! Love all of that color. Any ideas for a homemade sub to storebought salad dressing? Oil and vinegar with some herb-age, perhaps?

  3. Too funny– this is somehwat like my post today–I am always looking for great, easy, fresh ideas to use for my homegrown tomatoes and basil, and I will definitely try this this week! I also love goatcheese mixed with a little balsamic on crackers!!

  4. No wonder it keeps appearing, it’s tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese. Oh, my.

  5. Yum! I am making this tonight. (Hint…if you put the chevre into the freezer for about 15 minutes, it crumbles more easily 🙂

  6. This is beautiful, Karyn. Will be having this for lunch some sunny summer’s day.

  7. This looks like a perfect light dinner/side to have in hot weather…kind of like we’re having in NYC right now!

  8. For a goat cheese addict like me, Kalyn, this is just irresistible.

  9. I agree with rand – tomato and basil are the best! And this salad is a great idea and twist from the caprese salad!

  10. Yum! Goat cheese is something I can never get enough of, though I am also partial to feta. A perfect summer salad this is.

  11. I love goat cheese but hubby is not a fan so I seldom buy it.

    Maybe this salad can convert him.

  12. With apologies to Rand, it really doesn’t get any better than basil and goat cheese.

  13. Goat cheese, tomatoes, basil…yep, everything I love!

  14. I love the sound of this salad!

    Paz

  15. So simple and oh so very good Kalyn! And so perfect with all the basil in my back yard!

  16. what a wonderful salad. It looks very special. Just the type of salad that I like. Thanks for linking to my salad too.

  17. I can’t wait for some local grown fresh tomatoes!

  18. The two comments above from my brother Rand and my fabulous friend Wanda are from the summer of 2005 when I first talked about this salad! I’ve probably made it hundreds of times since then.

  19. Since I don’t like goat cheese, I just tried this with the fresh mozarella cheese logs from Costco and it is fabulous!
    Thanks!
    Wanda.

  20. Tomatoes and basil. Two of the best things in life. Seriously.