Hearty Heirloom Tomato Salad

by Susan on August 30, 2011


Having just returned from a wonderful trip to the San Francisco area, I was greeted by an empty refrigerator this morning. My first errand? A trip to the farmer’s market, of course! As I browsed the isles, the tomatoes started calling to me. Wanting something fresh for dinner, I started searching for more ingredients.

During the summer months, my favorite dinners always are built around a hearty salad. Produce is abundant, fresh and delicious. With not too much planning, you can whip up a flavorful raw food salad, throw on a handful of nuts and create a healthy, satisfying dinner.

After picking up some small heirloom tomatoes, the purple beans caught my eye. In the bag they went along with a purple onion. I knew I had fresh basil growing at home and a little of that combined with a balsamic vinaigrette would be just the trick. The final touch? A handful of walnuts to provide some more substance.

This salad is easy and good. A perfect dinner for the last few days we have left of summer.

Hearty Heirloom Tomato Salad with Purple Beans

  • 3 cups small heirloom tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup purple and green beans, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small purple onion, quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 cup basil, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1. Toss all ingredients except basil together.
2. Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup vineagrette over salad and toss to coat.
3. Top with basil and serve.


Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey or agave
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

1. Pour all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and thick.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelli August 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Beautiful. I spent time in the garden and have all of these ingredients! Thank you.


GetSkinny GoVegan August 31, 2011 at 9:18 am

Wow. Our tomatoes are really not happy this year. Salad looks GREAT. Nothing like heirloom tomatoes. Think I need to hit farmer’s market today!


Catherine August 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I just love Heirloom tomatoes! I volunteer at our local food bank and I am always amazed how people will avoid picking them, thinking they are not right or damaged, and yet these tomatoes have so much flavor. Thank you for the recipe and may I suggest a raw heirloom tomato soup recipe –one of the Fall comfort foods.


John Marquez September 2, 2011 at 8:59 am

Great pictures! You made me hungry. Thanks for sharing.


Andrea September 2, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Heirloom tomatoes, seems like we do not get all these varieties here in the Southern Hemisphere. I wish we could. Thanks Anyway, I suppose I can do it with any kind of tomato


Lizzy (Good Things) October 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Love this, I have a bag of fresh walnuts waiting to be shelled. They will be perfect in your recipe.

Thanks for sharing!


aditi aggarwal March 13, 2013 at 7:51 am

This looks so amazing! I am just gonna use the dressing though for now! I wish you post a few dressings in a separate tab.. would love them :)


Alison April 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

This absolutely is my favourite raw recipe website! Beyond the fact the evey single recipe I have made from here has been incredible, your pictures are stunning! I can spend hours just looking at them alone! Thank you for bringing us beautiful artwork along with beautiful recipes… Keep em coming!


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