heirloom tomatoes

Summer Tomato Salad

Summer is the season of plenty, and the farmers' market is overflowing with fresh, juicy, and sweet tomatoes. There's nothing better than a plate of summer tomato salad to satisfy your hunger. With the variety of heirloom tomatoes available, this salad is a colorful and flavorful delight. In this blog post, we'll cover the ingredients, the dressing, accommodating for different preferences, and what goes best with tomatoes.

Colorful, Flavorful and Satisfying

heirloom tomatoes by the pool

Summer tomatoes are so different from the ones you buy in the offseason. They're juicy, sweet, and flavorful, and heirloom varieties are so colorful.

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, or 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 plants and halve them for this salad. You can also add in onion, peppers, or a diced avocado to give a twist to this salad.

heirloom tomato salad

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

Mixed cherry tomatoes

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 a handful of required ingredients, so you have lots of room to play:

  • Add in chunks of mozzarella cheese instead of feta.
  • Blend in lime juice and cilantro.
  • Add some heat with thin-sliced jalapeño peppers.
  • Try some pickled onions or pickled beets with this recipe.
pickled onions in the making

What goes best with tomatoes?

When you realize how effortless this easy pickled onions recipe is to make, you will want to make them once a week and have them on-hand. I even get the little Cipollini onions when I can and pickle those for cocktail hour. When you review the ingredient list, you'll see that it was hardly worth making a list!

Celebrate the bountiful summer season with plump, mouthwatering tomatoes straight from the garden!

Our home is filled with a vibrant assortment of tomatoes in all shapes and colors, just waiting to be transformed into the most delectable dishes. Whether you're craving zesty summer salsa, rich pasta sauce, or a simple yet satisfying sandwich topping, these tomatoes are the star of the show. But let's not forget one of the most delightful ways to enjoy these juicy fruits - a refreshing tomato salad with a touch of honey. 

summer tomato candle

Summer tomato salad is a colorful and flavorful delight, perfect for any occasion. Using fresh and ripe tomatoes makes or breaks the experience, and heirloom varieties add an additional level of depth to the dish. Accommodate for different preferences by including ingredients like onions, peppers, or diced avocado. To add variation to the dish, serve it on top of crusty bread, add in lime juice and cilantro, thin-sliced jalapeño peppers, or try pickled onions or pickled beets. When it comes to pairing a side dish with tomatoes, pickled onions are a must-try. They're easy to make, delicious, and can elevate any meal. Head to your local farmers' market today, grab some fresh tomatoes, and get ready to indulge in this delightful summer tomato salad.

If you are looking to bring the fresh-picked aroma of summer tomatoes in your home year-round, try one of our delightful summer tomato jelly jar candles in the kitchen.

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

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