This Classic Tomato Feta Salad combines beautiful Summer tomatoes with feta cheese and red onion, all marinated in a red wine vinegar vinaigrette. An easy, essential Summer salad!

tomato feta salad on white plate

If there is one salad that makes the most appearances on my Summer dinner table, it’s this Classic Tomato Feta Salad. It’s a fabulous way to enjoy the best of Summer, with vine-ripened tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil and feta cheese. It’s also a salad that loves to be made ahead, which is always a bonus in the busy Summer months.

This Tomato Feta Salad travels well, so put it on your list to take to your Summer events. It makes a great addition to the Summer BBQ table.

Cook’s Notes

If you happen to taste the dressing, you’ll find it is very strong with vinegar. Don’t worry! When it combines with the salad and the juice from the tomatoes, it will be perfectly lovely.

Dried basil leaves can be substituted, if fresh basil isn’t available.

You can make this salad several hours ahead, but you will want to refrigerate. Be sure to remove from the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before serving though, as it will taste best at room temperature.

tomato feta salad on white plate

tomato feta salad on white plate

Get the Recipe: Classic Tomato Feta Salad

A perfect way to enjoy beautiful Summer tomatoes, this salad combines those tomatoes with red onion and feta cheese, all with a red wine vinegar dressing. 
5 stars from 3 ratings
Prep Time: 10 mins
Resting Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings


For the dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

For the salad:

  • 4 large large tomatoes, cut into slices
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, tightly packed and shredded (or substitute 1 tsp.dried basil)
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced and separated into individual rings (cut in half if really large)
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Prepare the dressing: In a small bowl (or jar), combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk or shake together well. Set aside.
  • Arrange sliced tomatoes in a single layer, overlapping just slightly, in a shallow dish or deep plate. Season tomatoes with salt and pepper. Evenly scatted chopped basil overtop of tomatoes.Spread red onion over tomatoes, then basil, then sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese over the top.
  • Drizzle with the dressing. Let stand at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving.


If you are making well ahead you'll want to refrigerate it. Just be sure to remove from the fridge an hour before serving to bring it to room temperature.
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Author: Jennifer
Calories: 163kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 667mg, Potassium: 127mg, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 460IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 197mg, Iron: 0.5mg
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