Summer Tomato Salad with Honey

Tomatoes for sale on the Eastern Shore

Summer tomatoes are so different from the ones you buy in the off season. They’re juicy, sweet, and flavorful, and heirloom varieties are so colorful. They make great salsa and sauce, and are perfect sliced onto a sandwich or even just eaten fresh with salt and pepper. A great way to enjoy these fruits is to make a fresh tomato salad with honey. Tomato salads can be as simple or as complex as you like, but here we’re giving you the bare bones to get started.

The honey in the dressing brings out more of the sweetness of the tomatoes, especially if they’re more acidic. Some varieties of heirloom tomatoes, like Green Zebra, have a bit of bite to them, so the honey helps to mellow them out.

Using a few large tomatoes in your salad is one option. If you can only find cherry (or pear..or grape..whatever you know them as) tomatoes at the market, they’ll work just as well! Instead of using 4 or 5 larger fruits, get a quart of small tomatoes and halve them for this salad. You can also add in onion, peppers, or a diced avocado to give a twist to this salad.

Come to think of it, our tomato salad would be great on top of a crusty bread, served like a bruschetta. If you want to do this, just dice the tomatoes up a little smaller so they fit onto smaller slices of bread.

Mix Up Your Summer Tomato Salad

We always encourage you to play with our recipes and make them your own. This recipe only features and handful of required ingredients, so you have lots of room to play:

  • Add in chunks of feta or mozzarella cheese
  • Blend in lime juice and cilantro to the oil
  • Add some spice with jalapeño peppers

If you decide to make our fresh tomato salad with honey, post a picture and use the hashtag #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Summer Tomato Salad with Honey

July 18, 2018

Ingredients

  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. Eastern Shore Honey
  • handful fresh parsley+basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the tomatoes. Quarter and then cut into medium sized chunks.
  2. Blend together olive oil, honey, salt, pepper, and chopped herbs. Adjust the amount of oil if it seems like there is too much or too little.
  3. Pour the oil mixture overtop of the tomatoes, and mix together in a large bowl. Cover and allow to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
Heirloom tomatoes are perfect for summer salads and sandwiches

 

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