Have an abundance of those delicious little sweet tomatoes? Make up this Balsamic tomato salad that comes together in 10 minutes or less and is perfect as a side or topping.
Balsamic Tomato Salad is a healthy summertime dish that’s perfect for those days when you don’t want to heat the house up from using a lot of cooking appliances. It’s quick to make and a great way to use up all of those tomatoes we all get from over productive gardens.
Can I use a different type of tomato? Sure! You could substitute cherry tomatoes or other little tomato varieties in your Balsamic Tomato Salad. The larger varieties just won’t give this salad the same “feel.”
Is balsamic vinegar different from “regular” vinegar? Yes! Balsamic vinegar is thicker, darker, and sweeter than regular white vinegar. It also has a lower acidity. Make sure you have a good quality balsamic vinegar when you make your Balsamic Tomato Salad , if you’ve never tasted before go to an oil and vinegar store and have them teach you, it’s fun to try and see the difference.
Do I need to use fresh herbs? Not necessarily. Fresh basil will give your Balsamic Tomato Salad more of a complex flavor. However, if you just don’t have any on hand, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of dried basil–just let the salad marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
How do I slice grape tomatoes quickly? Place the tomatoes on a plate or lid in a single layer. Take another plate or lid and place it on top of the layer of tomatoes. Gently, but firmly press down on the top plate while using a knife to make one slice through the tomatoes. Remove the top lid/plate and you’ll have perfectly sliced tomatoes!
Can Balsamic Tomato Salad be used for meal prep? Yes, it can! Balsamic Tomato Salad is an excellent addition to your meal prep rotation. Make up a batch and portion some out into individual containers. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, so long as it is sealed in airtight containers.
How do I serve Balsamic Tomato Salad? This is a versatile salad that compliments so many dishes. You can eat it alone, as a topping or as a side with your favorite beef, chicken, or fish entree to make a complete meal. Balsamic Tomato Salad pairs perfectly with Air Fryer Halibut. I also enjoy serving this salad with a side of eggs for breakfast.
Balsamic Tomato Salad
- 1 pint grape tomatoes halved or quartered
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 5 fresh basil leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to bowl and toss to combine
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve
Use good quality balsamic vinegar
Store leftovers in airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days