Quick Heirloom Tomato & Basil Salad
This classic, Italian tomato salad comes together in a matter of minutes. Best of all, it’s a real crowd pleaser and is easy to make in big batches. This is an ideal side dish for family gatherings or outdoor entertaining.
Sometimes, the simplest dishes are the most memorable. This salad fits that bill. During tomato season, it makes a nightly appearance at family dinners. It is my way of honoring the succulent, vine-ripened tomatoes of late summer.
I occasionally suffer from pangs of guilt because this salad is so easy. It seems like a lazy addition to the table. On guilty days, I’ve been known to add a crushed anchovy fillet or two to the sauce, tear up some bocconcini and throw them in, or even change the seasoning completely. However, I never enjoy the tomatoes as fully as I do when the salad is in its simplest form.
I suspect I prefer the basic recipe because the ingredients complement one another so completely that nothing else is necessary. Less is more.
A Note on Ingredients
The only trick to this recipe is to use tomatoes that are at their peak, extra fresh basil, top quality, flaky sea salt, and the best olive oil you can afford. Like any simple dish with few ingredients, each ingredient stands out. So, quality is key. Bon appétit!