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Sliced Tomato Salad with Basil, Garlic and Olive Oil

This juicy and flavourful sliced tomato salad is the perfect way to enjoy the season’s fresh tomatoes and herbs. The tender, sweet heirloom tomatoes absorb the rich flavours of basil, parsley, garlic and olive oil.

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I can barely wait each year for tomatoes from mom and dad’s garden. There’s nothing quite like the sweet, meaty taste of tomatoes ripened on the vine in the sun.

Man and woman standing beside talk tomato plants filled with ripening tomatoes.

When the season comes we make the most of it! From salads, appetizers, salsa, sauce, juice and more, our tomatoes take front and center in late summer and early fall cooking.

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Combined with the fresh herbs and garlic also thriving in the garden you can’t go wrong!

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This simple sliced tomato salad with fresh basil, parsley, garlic and olive oil is a family favourite! It goes perfectly alongside our grilled chicken shish kabobs, or on their own with a slice of fresh, home baked white bread. And it’s about as simple to make as it gets!

Small slice of tomato salad on a fork with a plate full of the slices in the background.

Moreover, this recipe is so easy to adapt and make your own. Try:

How to Slice Tomatoes for Salad

Tomatoes can be a bit tricky to slice because the skin is a bit slippery and tough – you don’t want to crush the tomato, or worse, cut yourself.

Ideally you want to use a serrated knife (a bread knife or steak knife with ridges are ideal). If using a paring knife, pierce a small whole with the tip of the knife as a starting point for slicing the tomato. There are additional helpful tips for cutting tomatoes in this post as well.

Sliced Tomatoes Salad with Basil, Garlic and Olive Oil

Jane and Sonja
This juicy and flavourful sliced tomato salad is the perfect way to enjoy the season's fresh tomatoes and herbs.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 68 kcal


  • 4 large fresh tomatoes such as beefsteak or heirloom
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt optional
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Wash and cut tomatoes crosswise into thick slices.
  • Spread out in a single layer onto a large serving tray.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, basil, garlic, salt.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.


Calories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 593mgPotassium: 452mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1911IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
Keyword salad, tomatoes, vegan, vegetarian
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