Herbed Tomato Salad

I always know when summer is coming to an end as the heirloom tomatoes drop drastically in price.  Within a matter of two weeks, they went from $4.99 a pound to $2.50.  While we splurge often regardless of price, when the price is slashed we over indulge.  Last Sunday as we were strolling through the farmer’s market, taking in the beginning of fall’s bounty, we could smell the heirlooms sweetness guiding us into the Happy Boy Farm stall.  They were sunkissed and warm (the tomatoes not the farmers).  Plump and ripe.  We looked at each other and immediately knew they would be perfect in this herbed tomato salad.

Herbed Tomato Salad

I feel like summer completely skipped by us this year.  We have been wondering where the time went, and what we did with it.  It has almost felt wasted that we did not live it to the fullest.  I wish I could blame it on work, but I can’t.  Maybe we were lazy this summer.  We barley enjoyed summer plums.  We never made it out to the woods for a few camping excursions. Didn’t dine at many outdoor spots.  We definitely did not travel as much as I’d like.  Summer just drifted by ……

This salad did become a staple in our house this summer, and we enjoyed as often as we could.  Most often this recipe  would accompany grilled chicken, whenever we had friends over for dinner.  It is the perfect side kick, just run a piece of moist chicken through the tomatoey juices, and get back to me.  It is a simple salad, loads of fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs and a touch of lime juice.  Really, that is all you need when you have summer ripe heirlooms.  Take advantage of the last of summer’s bounty and make up a batch of this salad.  Enjoy it with some grilled meat or slurp up a big bowl for lunch.  Just do it.  Don’t let summer drift by.





  1. We let summer slip away from us here. But we were content, so I guess that’s something. This salad is gorgeous – I love the tarragon/cilantro combination with the bright lime juice. Perhaps I will munch on some whilst planning our next summer…

  2. Boy, even something as simple as a tomato salad becomes something extraordinary in your kitchen! Astonishing and what a work of art. Gorgeous.

  3. Yes, this summer certainly did fly by and I felt like we didn’t do a whole lot (we did… but we didn’t. you know) I’ve been enjoying all the wonderful produce in our CSA box… and the heirloom tomatoes have been wonderful. Hate to see them go.

  4. Yep, summer flew by and the vegetable garden was a flop in this area. I think its the first time I have ever had to buy heirloom tomatoes, becaue mine never ripened. This dish looks delicious. Thanks for sharing, my boys will love it!


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