Tomato and Sweet Onion Salad

Tomato and Sweet Onion Salad - simply fresh dinners
 I was so excited to see my first tomato of the season peeking through the leaves that I had to make a dish to celebrate.  I almost missed it because it was hidden and close to the vine but I tugged it free and starting thinking about recipes!
The tomato is such a delicious vegetable (and/or fruit – a topic that is constantly debated) and I wanted a simple salad that enhanced the flavour rather than disguised it.  I looked around online for some recipes because, hey, sometimes there is no need to reinvent the wheel, right?  I found the perfect recipe at and with a couple of slight modifications, a great salad was born.
I let this marinate for 6 hours before eating and it was such a surprising treat.  This is a divine ambrosia for tomato lovers. Ha! My enthusiasm is way over the top but I am definitely a fan.
There are very few ingredients in this salad and I would make sure that you include them all in order to achieve that perfect balance.  I used a variety of tomatoes – red cherry, sun gold cherry, heirloom, globe and my one little homegrown fella.  I found that the variety gave me a different flavour with each bite.  I would definitely recommend using a sweet onion as well.
I’d love to get your photos on this recipe because I think they will all look different with the variety of tomatoes available so please send them on in!  Have a great week,  everyone.
Tomato and Sweet Onion Salad - simply fresh dinners

Tomato and Sweet Onion Salad
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 6
  • •1 pound ripe mixed tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • •1 pint Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, halved
  • •1/2 small sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Maui), thinly sliced
  • •1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • •1/4 cup 1/2-inch pieces fresh chives
  • •2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • •1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • •1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • •Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  1. Combine tomatoes, onion, basil, and chives in a large bowl. Prepare dressing by combining olive oil, white wine vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper in small container, mixing well.
  2. Add dressing to tomato mixture, turning carefully. You don’t want to make your tomatoes mushy.
  3. Salad can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover and chill.
Calories: 70 Fat: 5 Saturated fat: 0.5 Carbohydrates: 6 Sugar: 4 Sodium: 85 Fiber: 2 Protein: 1 Cholesterol: 0


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    O meu pensamento viaja
    July 29, 2013 at 12:03 am

    It looks delicious and pictures are great|

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      July 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you, Nina. I hope you’re having a great week.

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    July 29, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Everything you post looks delicious and this especially because it looks so easy to
    do. I will be trying this.

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      July 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks, Susan. I’m all about quick and easy, lol. Take care.

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    July 31, 2013 at 8:08 am

    There isn’t a better smell than tomatoes and basil. Yum!

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      July 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

      I agree, Danielle! I find it hard to include recipes that don’t have tomatoes, basil or lemon, lol.

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    July 31, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Yum! This looks so light and delicious! A great salad for summer 🙂


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      July 31, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie. I think I need to get some photography tips from you! That last post of yours was breathtaking.


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    July 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    This looks so fresh and light – perfect for a hot summer meal!!

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      July 31, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you, Ladies. Time for you to pick your favourite meal and do a guest post, don’t you think? 🙂

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    Mindy Whipple
    August 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

    What an amazing combination of tomatoes you used! The salad looks so good – may warrant a trip to the farmers market since my tomatoes are only coming at about one per day so far.

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      August 6, 2013 at 8:38 am

      I loved using so many different kinds, Mindy and it really made for an interesting bite every time. Hope your week will be fantastic.

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    Kerry C
    April 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    This salad looks so good! I am positive my husband will love it. I will have to make it one evening with hamburgers. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes.
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    Debbie Harris
    June 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I came over from Stephanie’s blog to check out your delicious looking salad, and yes,I will be making this one for sure! I eat cherry tomatoes like candy, just love them. 🙂
    You are quite the cook Robyn.
    Blessings, Debbie

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      June 27, 2014 at 5:36 am

      LOL, thanks, Debbie, but I consider myself more of an ‘assembler of ingredients’ because, truly, my recipes are pretty simple and basic. I’m just all about the flavours. Your comment was certainly lovely to read first thing this morning though. Thank you so much!
      Have a wonderful weekend!
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    July 23, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    This salad looks awesome. I love tomatoes and have never had the yellow ones, but any tomatoes
    mixed with these ingredients would have to be great.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Blessings, Nellie

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    July 24, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Thanks so much, Nellie. This is one of my favourite summer salads and seems to be a big hit with everyone. Thanks for popping by 🙂
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