This cherry tomato salad is the perfect way to highlight beautiful Summer tomatoes! Starts with heirloom cherry tomatoes and add some garlic croutons to the mix!

heirloom cherry tomato salad in wooden bowl

I came upon a basket of these beautiful heirloom cherry tomatoes recently and there was absolutely no way I was leaving the market without them! I knew they’d need to be enjoyed in their most delicious, natural state, so I set out to create a salad worthy of them.

This combination of tomatoes and bread is classically a panzanella salad, but to make it even more special (and befitting the beautiful tomatoes), I substituted simple garlic croutons.

Cook’s Notes

While making this salad with fresh Summer, heirloom cherry tomatoes is the absolute best, you can enjoy this salad any time of year with cherry or grape tomatoes. If you can get a variety of colours, even better!

You can change this tomato salad up with the addition of crumbled feta or goat cheese or even some Parmesan shavings.

Another way to change this one up is to swap the red wine vinegar for balsamic, for another great flavour combination.

When simmering the garlic in butter, watch it like a hawk and don’t move the temperature above low. It can and will burn and burnt garlic is not a pleasant taste.

heirloom cherry tomato salad in wooden bowl

heirloom cherry tomato salad in wooden bowl

Get the Recipe: Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salad with Garlic Croutons

Simple cherry tomato salad with garlic croutons. Tossed in a simple red wine vinegar dressing.
5 stars from 5 ratings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients

Garlic Croutons:

  • 1/2 head garlic, about 3-4 cloves peeled
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano, or 1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 baguette

Salad Dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

For the salad:

  • 3 cups Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions
 

  • For the Garlic Confit Toast: Melt butter in a small saucepan over LOW heat. Add garlic cloves. Cover saucepan and cook, stirring and checking regularly, for 10-15 minutes. Watch closely and don't raise heat above low, or garlic and/or butter may burn. Transfer garlic (and any butter) to a medium bowl and let cool completely.
  • Once garlic has cooled, add Parmesan, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Mash to a paste and season with a little salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Preheat your oven broiler with rack about 6-8 inches from heat. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Slice the 1/2 baguette in half lengthwise. Place two baguette pieces on baking sheet and broil, cut side down, until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes (watch carefully). Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then flip over and spread cut side with garlic paste. Broil until cheese is golden and bubbling, about 2 minutes. Cut one of the baguette slices into bite-sized cubes. Set aside.
  • For the salad: In a large bowl, combine the halved cherry tomatoes, red onion slices and chopped basil. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Whisk together the salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over tomato mixture and toss to combine. Add only enough to moisten. Add some of the garlic bread cubes. Toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Notes

You'll have more garlic croutons than you need for one salad. Wrap and refrigerate any extra to use for another salad later.
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad
Author: Jennifer
Calories: 269kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 541mg, Potassium: 399mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1330IU, Vitamin C: 34.7mg, Calcium: 251mg, Iron: 2.4mg
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