Last Updated on January 25, 2020 by Cookie
Tomato feta salad is a refreshing, easy, and healthy salad you will ever make. Juicy and succulent tomatoes paired with creamy feta cheese and some shallots will make your salad full of flavors.
A healthy Mediterranean tomato feta salad is always a good idea due to its intense flavors and healthiness. We adore salads. I try to make different types of salads with different dressings, just to experience with aromas. Tomatoes are one of the ingredients, that pairs so well with others. When I make a grilled or roasted meat, I want a salad that will instantly refresh. So, this is why I opt for feta cheese in this salad – the saltiness of this cheese is just so perfect next to the meat. It as if refreshes and revitalizes your senses. I simply adore this kind of simple, easy, but coated with flavors salad.
All of the flavors of the ingredients work so perfectly together and create such a nice combination. This is how a summer salad tastes like on your plate. Sometimes you want to prolong this freshness taste in winter as well.
The secret ingredient here lays in one clove of garlic, finely chopped and added to this salad. I simply adore the combination of tomatoes with garlic. If you haven’t tried it, yet, you should try to see how good it tastes. Definitely, in summer we have the freshest and the juiciest tomatoes, so this salad will have a toothsome taste. Still, you can find good cherries in winter as well, but the price will be higher. This salad always reminds me of Greek flavors and tastes. It is such an easy dish, but truly delicious.
How to choose the best tomatoes?
In summer you will buy the best tomatoes – the juices, the most succulent, and the cheapest. Definitely, in summer you will make this salad with an intense and fresh sweet/sour taste. However, you can choose good tasting cherries in winter, as well. I think the smell of the tomatoes is one of the vital points. They should have a nice fragrant aroma indicating that they are ripe and good. If the tomatoes don’t have any aroma, this means that they have been picked when immature and they will not have that intense sweet/flavorful aroma.
When you make a tomato salad, it is important to serve it as soon as it is assembled, in order to keep tomato juice and flavor fresh. If you leave tomatoes longer in the bowl, they tend to leave a lot of water, so your salad will lose its crunchiness and freshness.
Are tomatoes healthy?
Tomatoes are known to be one of the healthiest veggies available today. They are low in calories, contain tons of benefits, are rich in fibers and carbohydrates. Also, tomatoes are known to be good antioxidants and one of the best fresh veggies that protect your heart and skin from cancer. Tomatoes pair perfectly with any other ingredients. Eating tomatoes is a healthy habit with health properties. So, try to eat many salads made of tomatoes.
What feta cheese to use for this recipe?
Feta cheese is a very popular Greek cheese used not only in salads or raw, but it is also frequently used in pastries. It is made of sheep and goat milk with a creamy, grainy texture, and a little salty. Feta cheese has a nice white color, a soft and creamy texture, and crumbles easily. It is one of the oldest types of cheese in the world with a good source of calcium. When added in salads it can be easily crumbled with both of your hands and is a great addition to sandwiches, or as garniture to some meat or veggies. The salty texture mixed with tomatoes is out of this world. One of the best combinations in salads I simply adore.
How to make tomato feta salad?
This tomato feta salad takes 5 minutes to be done. So simple, so easy, but so yummy.
First, you have to wash the tomatoes. For this salad, I have used different colors of tomatoes as I like how they look in my bowl and next to my main course. It is okay if you use only red cherries that also go perfectly.
I have used 1 pack of colorful tomatoes (about 300gr or 10oz). I cut halves only the bigger ones, but the smallest one I leave as they are. Take a wooden bowl, arrange the halves of the tomatoes, season them with salt, a pinch of pepper, and drizzle 4 tbsp of olive oil. I cut finely one clove of garlic, half of the shallot and overtop of tomatoes. Then I take the feta cheese, crumble it with my hands over the top of the salad. Et voila, the salad is ready to be served. So simple but so flavorful.
- You can use any shape and color of the tomatoes you like.
- Avoid garlic if you can not digest it. I know many people that simply do not accept garlic in any dishes.
- Feta cheese is one of the best options, however, you can add any kind of crumbly cheese you like.
- Season with Balsamic vinegar. I use to substitute it with some drops of lemon juice.
- Garnish and serve next to any kind of dish you have.
This is a classic but so refreshing salad that pairs so nicely to my cooked pork steak. Nothing screams more summer than a fresh and healthy tomato with cheese salad on your plate.
Refreshing Tomato Feta Salad
- Large cutting board
- 1 pack tomatoes
- 1/2 pack feta cheese
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 shallot
- 1 salt
- 1 pepper
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- Wash the tomatoes and wipe with a paper towel.
- Take a wooden bowl and arrange the halves of the tomatoes.
- Cut finely one clove of garlic, half of the shallot and overtop of tomatoes.
- Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
- Crumble feta cheese over the top of the salad.
- Serve next to the main course.