Italian tomato salad – Insalata di pomodori

Italian tomato salad – Insalata di pomodori

By 01/07/2018

My sister went to Italy on holiday and came back with a bag of fresh homegrown tomatoes. The first ones of the season that my dad has grown. He has a large field where he grows organic vegetables. Now that he is retired this is a full time job for him as he grows so many vegetables.

When I sank my teeth into a tomato I thought... oh my God, this is heaven! They really did taste of the sun, of goodness and of real proper tomatoes. The ones I find in England in supermarkets are hard, have lots of water in them and no flavour at all, this is why I stopped buying them; I only buy the ones grown in the height of summer possibly from the isle of Wight where there is more sunshine.

fresh Italian tomatoes and basil_

I used dad's tomatoes straight away in a classic super simple salad. If you have good ingredients to start with you can be sure that anything you prepare will be good.

To this salad you can add anything you like: olives and mozzarella are great. All you need is good quality sun ripen tomatoes and good extra virgin olive oil too.

TIP: When you slice the tomatoes put them in a colander for a few minutes to drain so your salad won't be too watery.

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Yield : 2



Wash the tomatoes and cut them into large chunks. You can also slice them if you prefer. Put them in a colander for a couple of minutes. Peel and slice the onion into rings.

Fresh sliced tomatoes

Put the tomatoes and the onion in a serving bowl, add a pinch of salt, a grind of pepper, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of vinegar, the torn basil leaves, mix well. Put it in the fridge for 10 minutes before serving. If it is slightly chilled it will be more refreshing.

Enjoy! And don't forget to mop the juices.. make a scarpetta or "little shoe" with bread.

fresh Italian tomatoes and basil

Italian tomato salad with basil -Insalata di pomodori

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14 Responses to Italian tomato salad – Insalata di pomodori

    • Alida

      Oh yes, they are a different thing altogether!

  1. speedy70

    Fresca e molto estiva, mi piace molto!!!

    • Alida

      Una classica!

  2. gloria

    This look wonderful, tomatoes and basil are my favorites in summer !!

    • Alida

      They are the perfect match.

  3. Frank

    Alida, it seems we’re on the same wavelength. I just blogged about tomato salad, too. Couldn’t agree more, it’s a favorite around our house. Sorry to hear that you’ve got the same problem with tasteless supermarket tomatoes in the UK that we have here in the US. Thankfully, we can get very good ones at our local farmers market.

    • Alida

      Oh..heading off to yours right now! I go to my local farmers market too, I never miss one. Everything tastes so much better there.

  4. Chiara

    la sua semplicità è sempre vincente, adoro questo piatto, è un must dell’estate ! Un bacione

    • Alida

      Quando vado dai miei e’ la prima cosa che chiedo: pomodori di casa.

  5. Balvinder

    Nothing more delicious in summer than homegrown tomato salad

    • Alida


  6. All That I'm Eating

    With tomatoes as good as those they are best served simply exactly like this. I completely agree about our UK tomatoes, they are just not the same. They’re rarely red all the way through and very rarely a beautiful deep red like these. I do like the Isle of Wight ones though or homegrown if I have the energy!

    • Alida

      Yes, you definitely need good quality tomatoes if you want to make a nice tasting salad.

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