A delicious, fresh tomato salad that is very quick and easy to make. The first time that I ate this salad at a summer barbeque I couldn’t believe how simple it was, 3 ingredients tossed together! It definitely tastes more complicated. Tomato is a fat-fighting food, with a long list of health benefits. This healthy salad, quick and easy to prepare is another favorite at our weekly barbeque.
How to Make Tomato, Feta and Basil Salad
Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, make the simple dressing, toss together the handful of ingredients. That’s it.
Cherry tomatoes work very well to prepare the tomato, feta and basil salad, they taste great, are healthy and make a very good looking salad. The cherry tomato is a type of small round tomato, available in a range of sizes and colors; red, green, yellow, and black. The sizes vary from thumb tip size to about the size of a golf ball. There are small differences in sweetness of different colors and shapes of cherry tomatoes. The pigments in tomatoes tend to produce different balances of sugars and acids. Orange or yellow tomatoes often taste milder and less acidic than red tomatoes. Round cherry tomatoes tend to be sweeter than grape tomatoes. I try to find sweet round cherry tomatoes, but the mixed box of colors also work well.
Tip – unless you are storing the tomatoes for a long time do not keep it in the fridge, they ripen and taste better if you keep them at room temperature
Real feta cheese is made from sheep and goat’s milk, it gives a great texture and taste in the salad. There are 3 different types of feta based on the texture. Greek feta is the most common type found in the supermarket and also works fantastic in salads with a tangy, sharp taste and fine texture, perfect to crumble. I like to use feta with herbs in this salad.
Tip – When buying feta check that it is labelled Greek feta and not feta-style cheese (which can contain cow’s milk).
Tomato and basil is a classic combination and goes so well together you do not need much else. This popular combo is a centerpiece in many Italian dishes; pizzas, pastas to salads. The floral aroma along with the sweet and spicy flavors of the basil is excellent with tomato. Use fresh basil. I love the basil and tomato combination so much that I doubled the amount of basil in my original recipe. This is a fantastic herb to grow in your garden at home, easy to look after and great to always have some basil at hand.
- You can change the feta cheese for 2 cups of mozzarella cheese balls (cut balls in half) a healthy, delicious option and lower in salt.
Healthy Tomato, Feta and Basil Salad
- 500 gram cherry tomatoes
- 60 gram feta cheese (⅓ cup crumbled)
- 20 gram fresh basil (1 cup)
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- pinch Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- grated lemon peel
- salt to taste
- Cut tomatoes in half – arrange on serving platter
- Salt tomatoes at least 15 minutes before serving
- Sprinkle chopped basil over
- Crumble feta
- Crush garlic and shake up with other ingredients
- Drizzle over salad
Looking for a delicious and unique summer salad? Try this watermelon and feta salad, a fresh mix of watermelon, feta cheese, mint and lemon zest; strange but a surprisingly delicious and perfect summer salad!
From the nutritional information you can see this is a low carb, low calorie salad. You can significantly reduce the sodium and fat content by reducing the amount of feta cheese in the salad. Changing feta cheese for mozzarella cheese will result in lower sodium.
Nutritional data was calculated with an online tool and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using your preferred nutrition calculator.
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