Heirloom Tomato Salad with Parmesan Basil Croutons
Perfect for summer, heirloom (or heritage) tomato salad with parmesan basil croutons is a very colorful side dish. With a pretty selection of heirloom tomatoes with fresh basil and crispy, cheesy croutons this salad is all dressed in a delicious Dijon vinaigrette.
It’s time for warm weather cooking (yay) and I love a colorful tomato salad. I originally wrote this recipe using regular tomatoes until I was shopping for the ingredients and the spotted lovely selection of heirloom tomatoes.
I was drawn by the colorful display of both large and small and I never pass-up a chance to buy heirlooms. Of course, if heirlooms are not in season, any ripe tomatoes you like can be used.
Inspired by the Italian panzanella salad (a bread and tomato salad) the bread tends to gets soggy. I wanted crispy, cheesy bread croutons because there’s nothing better than a cheesy crouton and I think most of us love our salads with a little crunch. This salad is the perfect side dish for just about any meat or fish dish, but for this particular meal I made, I served it with a ricotta frittata.
I did have to restrain myself from eating a lot of the croutons when they came of the oven, but I did enjoy 1 or 2. This may happen to you.
Serve this heirloom salad topped with creamy burrata cheese, shavings of Parmesan or crumbled feta. If you want to make this salad vegan, use vegan cheese or leave it out all together.
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6 Comments on “Heirloom Tomato Salad with Parmesan Basil Croutons”
This looks so fresh, light, and amazing!! Can’t wait to find these tomatoes at my market and have this for lunch.
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Ooh…I’ve been looking for a tomato salad since my little guys LOVES them.
Great salad! Love the dressing and croutons! Pinned to try it!
I’m pretty sure that will happen to me when they come out of the oven, Janette! 😉
I’m a sucker for those colourful tomatoes, too. You just can’t beat a simple tomato salad, but I love your idea of fancy-ing it up with the croutons!
I love when heirloom tomatoes come into season – they’re the only tomatoes I can eat totally naked (the tomato, not me) 😉 This is such a lovely salad, Janette! And I’m loving those super cute crouton kabobs you got there 🙂