Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tomatoes, Basil and Balsamico

Fresh tomatoes are one of my favorite things about summer. I can’t resist combining the different colored tomatoes and adding basil from the yard and my favorite balsamic vinegar. We were lucky enough to find fantastic vinegar from Napa Valley Naturals in California a few years ago that is 18 years old (and reasonably priced). You can order the vinegar by the case, which we have done many times. If you see this vinegar at your local store you should grab a bottle it is much better than the price.

When you combine three wonderful ingredients like vine ripe fresh tomatoes, freshly picked basil and good balsamic there is no way the salad isn’t going to be fabulous. This is one of my favorite summer treats.

Tomatoes, Basil and Balsamico
Serves 4


3 red tomatoes (Brandywine) cut into 1/8ths
3 orange tomatoes cut into 1/8ths
¼ cup of fresh basil leaves, torn
1/2 tablespoon of good balsamic vinegar
1 pinch of kosher salt
1 pinch of freshly ground black pepper


Slice the tomatoes and arrange on the platter. Toss the basil on the tomatoes. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Serve cold or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 34.44
Calories From Fat (9%) - 3.26

Total Fat - 0.38g
Saturated Fat - 0.05g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 111.19mg
Potassium - 429.25mg
Total Carbohydrates - 7.16g
Fiber - 2.06g
Sugar - 2.97g
Protein - 1.97g


Tomatoes, basil and balsamic is always a winning combination. This is one of my favorite salads. The 18-year-old basil really makes this dish.


  1. this is probably my favorite combination EVER. my family's go-to dressing is balsamic, so we put it on absolutely everything. plus with our fresh-from-the-backyard-garden tomatoes, this is so perfect!

  2. veggievixen,

    I agree completely! You must have a little Italian in the family.



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