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Overhead picture of summer tomato salad on a wooden table
Ballymaloe Summer Tomato Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
20 mins

When summer tomatoes are at their peak, this is the salad you want to make! Simple, yet incredibly delicious, this Ballymaloe Summer Tomato Salad may just be the best thing you eat all season!

Course: Salad, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: Ballymaloe tomato salad, fresh tomato salad, summer tomato salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 120 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • finely grated zest from 1 medium-size lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 medium clove garlic finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme, chives or parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the salad:
  • 8 large ripe vine tomatoes
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves torn if large
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts optional
  • sea salt
For the dressing:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well.
For the salad:
  1. Cut the tomatoes into slices or wedges. Arrange on a platter.
  2. Drizzle with a few tablespoons of the dressing. Top with a light sprinkle of sea salt, pine nuts (if using) and the fresh basil leaves. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in post for more detailed instructions and tips.

Adapted from Simply Delicious

When I was served this salad at Ballymaloe, it was made with a drizzle of good quality olive oil, honey and a sprinkle of sea salt instead of the dressing. 

Nutrition Facts
Ballymaloe Summer Tomato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 159mg7%
Potassium 317mg9%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1025IU21%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.