Balsamic Tomato Salad

 Balsamic Tomato Salad recipe served in a two small white bowl with a side of french bread

Balsamic Tomato Salad

Omigosh, you guys, it’s TOMATO SEASON! Can you tell I’m excited? Yeah, I know you can get tomatoes in the store all year long. But those pale red, watery tomatoes just aren’t the same as a fresh, ripe tomato from the farmers’ market or, better yet, just picked from the garden. Big, firm, juicy, and bursting with summertime flavor. Mmmm!

These garden gems are so special, I decided they deserved a special recipe to really show them off. Not just a recipe with tomatoes, but a recipe for tomatoes that really made them the star of the show.

- Ingredients for Balsamic Tomato Salad recipe laid out. Chopped tomatoes on cutting board, along with cheese crumbles, basil, balsamic glaze, salt, pepper and olive oil

To let the fruity flavor of the tomatoes shine through, I decided to serve them in their most basic, untouched form – raw and chopped in a salad. I added only a few little touches that would highlight their flavor rather than cover it up: some olive oil, a little chopped basil, a touch of salt and pepper, and some pungent, crumbled blue cheese to set off that tomato tang. And to top it all off, a light Balsamic glaze that really brings out the brightness of the tomatoes.

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This Balsamic Tomato Salad is tomato season at its very finest. And it doesn’t get any finer than that.Tomato salad being scooped up with a wooden spoon.

How do I make balsamic reduction?

  • Balsamic reduction is simply balsamic vinegar that has been boiled and reduced to a thick syrup like condiment. To make it, take 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and lightly boil over medium high heat until reduced to ¼ or 1/8 cup (depending on how thick you like it) this takes about 25 minutes. Allow it to cool in the refrigerator for 4 hours. It will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. It is tart and sweet and is great on grilled vegetables, fruit and just about anything. If you are running low on time, there are some store bough brands (amazon link) you can buy.

Why not just use regular balsamic vinegar?

  • The balsamic reduction adds to the natural sweetness of the tomatoes. Plus, when the water comes out of the tomatoes, it mingles with the thick syrup and dilutes it slightly. If you used straight vinegar it would be too watery, and the flavor would be too diluted.

Can I use a different cheese?

  • Yes, cubed fresh mozzarella would be fantastic in this.

Can I use a different type of tomato?

  • Yes, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, or just about any tomato will do!

How to make Balsamic Tomato Salad

  1. Chop tomatoes and add to mixing bowl.Chopped tomatos in a glass bowl, cheese crumbles, salt and pepper in small bowl, olive oil in a jar and some whole tomatoes off to the side
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss to coat.Tomato salad all mixed together in a large mixing bowl. Small dishes of salt, pepper, olive oil, whole tomatoes, and frech bread loaf to the left of mixing bowl
  3. Refrigerate for at an hour before serving. Serve and enjoy.Balsamic Tomato Salad recipe served in a white bowl with a side of french bread

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Balsamic Tomato Salad

This Balsamic Tomato Salad recipe is perfect for the summer tomato season. It would be a yummy and easy side dish to add to any of your summer meals.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling 1 hour


  • 6 large Roma tomatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese
  • ¼ cup Balsamic reduction or store bought balsamic glaze
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil


  • Chop tomatoes and add to mixing bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate for at an hour before serving. Serve and enjoy.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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