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Composed summer tomato salad with fresh basil and shaved parmesan in a white shallow bowl.

Easy Summer Tomato Salad

Ashley Linkletter
An easy summer salad made with ripe seasonal tomatoes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 2


  • 4 large tomatoes, sliced or torn into large chunks room temperature
  • 1 pinch coarse salt
  • 1 pinch white sugar (optional if the tomatoes are already very sweet)
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil, the fruitier the better
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 handful fresh basil, cut into a loose chiffonade
  • shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano (as much as you'd like)
  • red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked pepper (to taste)


  • Arrange tomato pieces in a large shallow bowl or serving plate.
  • Sprinkle with the tomatoes with a pinch of coarse salt and a pinch of white sugar if the tomaotoes aren't particularly sweet.
  • Stir the tomatoes and let them rest at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  • Drizzle the olive oil and sherry vinegar over the tomatoes. Gently stir to coat.
  • Finish the salad with a layer of shaved parmesan and fresh basil. Add red peper flakes, coarse salt, and freshly cracked pepper to taste.
  • Serve at room temperature.
Keyword tomato salad