14 Tomato Salads in 15 Minutes or Less

Make a seasonal and fresh side with these tomato salad recipes. These salads take just 15 minutes or less of active cooking time so you can have a tasty salad in no time. Some recipes call for long marinating times, but that just gives the tomatoes enough time to soak up the delicious dressings. Recipes like Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette and Shrimp Niçoise Meal-Prep Bowls are healthy, bright and the perfect use of this summer produce.

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Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

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Seek out several varieties of heirloom tomatoes for this simple salad. Sweeter and juicier than conventional tomatoes, they add the perfect pop of color. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2018

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Creamy Cucumber, Radish & Tomato Chopped Salad

Creamy Cucumber, Radish & Tomato Chopped Salad

A mix of cool, crunchy vegetables gives this healthy salad satisfying bite for a perfect potluck side. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June 2019

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Cucumber, Tomato & Avocado Salad

plate with cucumbers, tomato and avocado

This vibrant and healthy summer salad is perfect for BBQs and backyard parties. The dressing is whisked together right in the salad bowl before you add the vegetables, so it's also incredibly easy to make. Choose a fairly firm avocado so it holds its shape in the salad. Source: EatingWell.com, April 2019

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Vegetarian Niçoise Salad


This vegetarian take on a traditional Niçoise salad omits the fish and piles on plenty of vegetables. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Spring 2019

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Egyptian Tossed Salad


This crisp blend of vegetables is offered as a topping or side at Zooba, the Egyptian street food restaurant in New York City. We made it a stand-alone salad to stuff into pita with taameya (Egyptian falafel--see Associated Recipes) or serve with just about anything else. (Recipe adapted from Zooba Restaurant.) Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2020

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Purslane, Cucumber & Tomato Salad with Mint


Purslane is a nutrient-packed green with a bright, lemony flavor and delicate crunch. Many gardeners in the U.S. consider it a weed, but Cypriots use it to make refreshing salads. If it isn't growing in your own yard, try calling a local vegetable farmer, who might be pleased to give some away, or you can order it from melissas.com or chefs-garden.com. Watercress makes a peppery substitute in this simple salad recipe. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2020

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Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata


For a gorgeous take on a classic caprese, make this healthy salad recipe with heirloom tomatoes in various colors, shapes and sizes. Swapping regular mozzarella for creamy burrata makes this summer salad even more special--but it's still incredibly easy to make. Source: Eatingwell.com, August 2019

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Shrimp Niçoise Meal-Prep Bowls


This low-carb meal-prep version of the classic composed salad comes together in about 10 minutes thanks to a handful of shortcut ingredients, like pretrimmed green beans and prepared olive tapenade. With a whopping 41 grams of protein per serving, these bowls will keep hunger at bay all afternoon. To switch things up, feel free to swap in canned tuna or leftover roasted salmon for the shrimp. We love going to Trader Joe's for fast shortcut ingredients--see Tip (below) for our product recommendations. Source: EatingWell.com, December 2019

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Cucumber, Tomato & Feta Salad

cucumber tomato and feta salad in white bowl on light blue background

This healthy summer salad is bursting with Mediterranean flavors and takes just 10 minutes to prepare. Serve it alongside grilled chicken, pork or fish or as part of a vegetarian spread. If you can't find Campari tomatoes or Persian cucumbers, feel free to swap them for whatever variety looks the best at your farmers' market. Source: EatingWell.com, April 2019

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Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad


In this easy cherry tomato salad, the fresh herbs and bright dressing highlight the natural sweetness of the summery tomatoes. Elevate the look of this easy salad by using multicolored tomatoes if you can find them. Source: EatingWell.com, May 2020

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Zucchini Noodle "Pasta" Salad

a bowl of zucchini noodles and vegetables

This healthy zucchini noodle salad has all the flavors you love in a classic Mediterranean pasta salad but we've swapped in zoodles for wheat pasta, which makes the salad lighter, lower in carbs and gluten-free. Serve it with grilled chicken or fish for a light and healthy summer dinner. Source: EatingWell.com, April 2019

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Italian White Bean Salad


This Italian white bean salad is healthy and delicious. The capers and rosemary-lemon dressing add wonderful flavor to the cannellini beans and chopped tomato. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Chopped Cucumber & Tomato Salad with Lemon

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It doesn't get easier than a cucumber and tomato summer salad! Fresh cucumber and juicy ripe tomatoes are all you need to really make this salad shine. Marinating cucumbers and tomatoes in vinegar with a touch of lemon zest infuses the dish with tangy citrus flavor. Source: EatingWell.com, May 2020

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Classic House Salad with Chicken


Leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken gets put to good use as a boost of protein in this healthy salad to pack for lunch. The classic chicken salad combines all the basics of a great house salad--greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and croutons--all tossed with a tangy red-wine vinaigrette. Source: EatingWell.com, May 2018

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