Farmers Market Tomato Salad

summer salad
This classic tomato salad will be a staple every summer at my house. I especially love it not only for it's quick assembly, but that it is the perfect side dish for a summer bbq or get together.

I think the best dinners are the ones that are not overly complicated. simple ingredients, quick to pull together, no fuss. This leaves you with much more time for enjoying your company!  This tomato salad  does just that.

Jan's Tip: When it is just my husband and myself, we may just add in some slices of fresh Mozzarella cheese, even toss in a few baby corn from a jar for crunch and some slices of sourdough toast on the side  for a light lunch or supper.

Farmers Markets

A trip to out to your own garden, your local farmers market or road side produce stand is the first step. Any tomatoes will be fine, but I really love picking out a variety of heirloom tomatoes with a range of colors and tastes. It not only makes the dish pretty, it adds a subtle layering of flavor as well.
A jar of mixed olives, or olive salad from the deli will round out this recipe.

Farmers Market Tomato Salad


  • 2 lbs. tomatoes 
  • 1/4 cup mixed olives
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Arrange tomatoes and mixed olives on a serving plate. 
  2. Zest 1 lemon over salad. (Just grate the yellow rind, not down to the white part of the peel)
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with coarse salt and ground pepper.
    Summer Salads
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