Heirloom-Tomato Salad


When you don't know what side to make, this is the one.

Southern Living Heirloom-Tomato Salad on a platter to serve

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins

Sometimes simple is best, and this salad abides by that principle. This straight-forward tomato side salad lets sweet seasonal heirloom tomatoes shine in all their colorful glory.

In-season tomatoes are crucial. If you can’t find heirlooms, cherry tomatoes would also work well.

The mustardy vinaigrette is the perfect punchy dressing to contrast the natural sweetness of the basil and tomatoes. If you have time, gently toss the tomatoes with the dressing, and let the flavors meld for about 20 minutes.

You can serve this salad as a side to any protein, but it’s particularly lovely with grilled steak or seafood.


  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp. honey

  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium (1 oz.) shallot, finely chopped (2 Tbsp.)

  • 4 small (2 lb. total) heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges

  • 2 tbsp fresh basil

  • 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced fresh basil


  1. Whisk together cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and honey in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil until combined; stir in shallot.

  2. Arrange tomato wedges on a large serving platter; spoon shallot mixture over tomatoes. Garnish with basil.

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