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"what's up" cherry tomato and basil salad

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This tomato and basil salad is the perfect summer salad. It's just a few ingredients, but packed with a clean and fresh taste thanks to the ripe cherry tomatoes and just picked basil.

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It's simple enough to pack up for a nice picnic, but versatile enough to be a side at the family barbecue.

This is not really a recipe, so I won't force any type of instructions and tips on you. I eat tomatoes like apples, i.e. without any condiments or enhancers, but the tomatoes do make the perfect carrier for the deliciousness of the buttermilk salad dressing. I don't know what's up, as I can't tell if it's the tomatoes or the dressing I'm addicted to. I do know they compliment each other well.

ranch salad dressing in a bowl

Pair this salad with any main dish protein like smoked jerk chicken or a vegetable steak option like any of the following:

Grilled Piri Piri Chicken

Cedar Plank Salmon

Beef Suya Skewers

Roasted Jerk Onion Steaks

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob

Smoked Whole Cauliflower

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use regular tomatoes?

For sure! Tho I find the burst you get from the compact juicy cherry tomatoes lovely, sliced tomatoes work just as great. Just season them up a bit with some salt and black pepper.

What other ingredients can I jazz this up with?

Grilled corn, peaches, and mozzarella cheese make great additions. I will even grill the peaches on occasions which is next level.

For other tomato-based recipes you may like, try these:

Tomato Galette

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

Tuna Tomato Salad

Smoked Tomatoes Salad

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tomatoes and basil in a yellow bowl

Tomato Basil Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 21kcal
Author: Marwin Brown



  • Place tomatoes evenly in 4 individual bowls
  • Layer fresh basil on top.
  • Serve with buttermilk dressing


Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 607IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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