Heirloom tomato, feta, and basil salad

Hi everyone! Today is my last first day of classes! After 5 years, a major degree change, and countless hours of studying over the years, I’m finally going to be graduating this year – it’s almost hard to believe. This afternoon I have Clinical Nutrition II, which is the class I’ve been most looking forward to. So while I’m nerding it up at school, I’m going to leave you with a recipe for one of my favourite summer foods: tomatoes!

Tomatoes at farmers market

Right now I’m convinced there’s nothing better than the taste of late summer’s fresh, sweet tomatoes. When I was living at home over the summer we would always get our tomatoes from Hutchinson Farm (I actually used to work there!) because they grow the best ones in the area. And not only do they have field tomatoes, but they also grow a delicious assortment of heirloom varieties, which are even more flavourful!

Heirloom tomatoes

One of my family’s favourite ways to use these tomatoes is just in a simple salad with feta cheese and basil. Some good quality balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and just a touch of salt and pepper is all this salad needs to bring out the wow factor!

Heirloom tomato, feta, and basil salad

Heirloom tomato, feta, and basil salad

Serves 4 | Gluten free, nut free, and vegetarian

6-7 assorted heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1/3 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup basil chiffonade
1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Arrange the tomato slices on a large platter then crumble the feta cheese on top and add the basil. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar separately over the salad, then season with salt and pepper.

Heirloom tomato, feta, and basil salad

I had this salad with balsamic tofu and some sauteed Swiss chard from my garden. It was a simple dinner, but it had amazing flavours thanks to fresh, good quality ingredients I used.

What’s your favourite way to use summer tomatoes?

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  1. I am obsessed with tomatoes. I always have them with some cheese, balsamic, and olive oil! So, so good. I may have to re-make this tonight :D

  2. I love heirloom tomatoes, they're so pretty!! This dish looks marvelous, girl! :)Hope your first day went amazing, I bet you're so excited to almost be a graduate!!!

  3. That looks so pretty and colorful! I can't have a meal without carbs either, ha!

  4. I know it sounds really simple, but I swear it's the best thing ever: toast with butter, sliced tomatoes and a bit of salt. So amazing and fresh!

  5. Yum! This looks delicious! There is nothing better than basil and tomatoes fresh from the garden!

  6. Ooh!! Now that must be soo exciting! I still have some ways to go before that happens..Are you in the masters program? Yum! Love heirloom tomatoes..It's usually a treat around here though..soo expensive. Until I grow a green thumb, which may be never, I have to purchase less frequently. But boy, you really don't need to do anything to them..in fact, less is better with this one! I heard in one of podcasts that we should stay way from store-bought tomatoes during winter…not only does it taste bad but it's filled with pesticides..and to my horror, I heard that in states like Florida, slavery still exits in the tomato farms! Isn't that crazy!!

  7. If I eat a salad without something on the side (or a massive, massive pile of toppings) I'll be hungry like 2.5 minutes later. Gotta love that bread on the side. :-)I'm thinking I need to get my hands on some fresh tomatoes and make bruschetta. It's always been my favourite thing to make with fresh, local tomatoes. :-)

  8. I love making fresh salsa with fresh herbs. Delicious! Tomato and feta is a great combo as well :)

  9. I love all the colors! This dish is beautiful. I will be trying this very soon.

  10. I loveee me some tomatoes… sliced with salt and pepper= perfection! This dish looks great too, I know these flavors are just awesome together! A great way to use current farmer's market items as well

  11. I LOVE summer tomoatoes. Pesto and mozzarella please :)

  12. Boring, but probably just plain!! Home grown tomatoes taste SO much better than store bought tomatoes!!

  13. Hope you had an awesome last first day of school! Graduation felt completely surreal to me, and now that I'm not in school anymore I miss it! I'll probably find myself back sooner or later though :)Your dish looks so pretty! I love simple meals like that make with a few quality ingredients. I usually just throw my tomatoes in a salad with some goat's cheese and a drizzle of olive oil, so nothing too fancy :)

  14. Yum, the tomatoes look so colourful. Love it. Hope your first day went well!!Ha ha, carbs without a meal makes for sad times;)

  15. I hope you enjoyed your first day of classes! I love tomatoes paired with cheese, so this sounds like a great salad combo :) I only like tomatoes paired with particularly things, like in a grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese or an egg sandwich :)

  16. LOVE fresh tomatoes!When I was younger I would love tomato,mayo, and salt on a sandwich! Sounds weird but it was SO good!Happy weekend love!

  17. Yay for heirloom tomatoes! They are so plump, juicy and sweet~but I just don't buy them often since they're a bit pricier teehee. I love them with basil, vinegar, and FRESH GOOEY MOZZARELLA CHEESE! :D hubba hubba

  18. I hope your first day of your last semester went well! (last semester or year?) I'm so excited for you, Chelsea! You're well on your way to becoming an amazing dietitian, and just think, you're going to have a huge database of your own healthy recipes to share with your clients! This salad is BEAUTIFUL, and I love that the ingredients are so simple (and flavorful!). The combination of feta + balsamic + olive oil + basil is a favorite of mine, and I bet it's pretty amazing with the addition of the sweet heirloom tomatoes. Yum! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! xoxo <3

  19. Oh, I forgot to mention my favorite way to use summer tomatoes! I'd say, sliced and drizzled with balsamic, olive oil, basil and goat cheese! I also love fresh tomato sauce (cooked or uncooked). :)

  20. Oh my goodness, that green one is sooooo pretty! I've been a bit disappointed in the supply of heirloom tomatoes at my local market…as in there hasn't been ANY since the first of the summer! So sad, because you KNOW they are the most flavorful! I've been buying up the regular ones…what are they called…beef steak?…and I've been enjoying them in fresh salads, with eggs, or my latest obsession…roasting them with a little balsamic vinegar! Mmmm!

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