Winter Tomato Salad

Winter and tomato…. two words that generally don’t go together.  Let me explain the reasoning behind my Winter Tomato Salad. 

Winter Tomato Salad Recipe- enjoy tomatoes during winter with this simple recipe. #tomatoes

 Florida and California are the largest US growers of tomatoes and while during the winter months, they are still grown domestically, they don’t seem to have the flavor as extreme heat grown tomatoes.  It seems my tummy doesn’t know the difference because regardless of the time of year, I crave tomatoes.  During the summer I can venture out to the farmer’s market and take a bite of tomato just like an apple, but the winter variety needs are little more attention.

Winter Tomato Salad Recipe- enjoy tomatoes during winter with this simple recipe. #tomatoes 

And this is why I make Winter Tomato Salad, with enough vinegar and olive oil to add flavor, while still getting my tomato fix. Come summer, this recipe will go back to the cupboard, but for now, it is a weekly affair for dinner side and make-ahead lunches.   

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Winter Tomato Salad Recipe- enjoy tomatoes during winter with this simple recipe. #tomatoes
Winter Tomato Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Still enjoy tomatoes in the winter with this simple recipe.
Servings: 6
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 3-8 garlic cloves finely chopped (I really, really like garlic, if you don't, scale back)
  • 2 scallions white and greens, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons basil shredded
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss, cover and chill for a minimum of 4 hours or up to 3 days.
  2. Drain excess liquid before serving. Enjoy your winter tomato salad!



Del's cooking twist

Easy tomat salad. Looks delicious!

Renee - Kudos Kitchen

Seems like a winter tomato salad would be a contradiction, but this looks utterly delicious and fresh. You just can’t go wrong where cherry or grape tomatoes are concerned. Very pretty dish.


I just love tomatoes! Got to give this a try.


Heather | girlichef

I don’t mind coaxing the love out of winter tomatoes – so worth it. Give me a loaf of bread, and I could probably eat this as a meal!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

mmm perfect for lunch at the office. The older I get the more I fall in love with tomatoes year round!

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

My 3 year old would devour this! She loves all things tomato!

Marjory @ Dinner-Mom

Yep…I have to enjoy tomatoes year round! I can only imagine how wonderful this after it marinates 3 days…I’d be snacking on it for days!

Lora @cakeduchess

I live in Fl and am lucky to find pretty good tomatoes all year. I just picked up some gorgeous heirlooms at the green market this weekend. Your winter salad looks fantastic, Jessica!!

Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

This recipe and the photos remind me of warmer days and that’s why I love it. I’m OK with tomatoes in the winter!

Cookin Canuck

I always crave those summertime tomatoes in the middle of winter, too. How I miss popping out to our garden to pick the ripe ones off of the tomato plants! However, this is a great way to bring out that flavor in the wintertime.

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