6 Ingredient Tomato & Basil Salad – Paleo Friendly

paleo basil salad

6 Ingredient Tomato & Basil Salad – Paleo Friendly

I remember when I a little girl, my grandmother and I would walk everyday, sometimes twice a day, down the long gravel road to the mailbox. Her driveway would seem like a mile long or more just one way. But it was special bonding time with her and as a kid walking with her didn’t bother me one bit. We would talk all the way there and back. But the most fondest memory of these walks was stopping to check on her tomato garden. I remember like it was yesterday. She always hid a little ten foil of salt in the garden. We would pick out the juiciest red small tomatoes, dip them in the salt and eat them. We called these red beauties “Tommy Toes.” I could eat a hundred of those tommy toes . I would never get tired of them.

One of my favorite new recipes is the Tomato & Basil salad. So because I love tomatoes and I love salads this recipe meets the best of both worlds. It reminds me of my grandmother’s tomato garden. Now that I am able to get my tomatoes fresh from my small tomato garden I can make this salad any day of the week for lunch or have for snack. Super easy to make and did I mention it is Paleo friendly?

It’s so yummy !

Just a few simple ingredients is all you need.

Paleo Basil tomato salad

Quarter your tomatoes, slice the onions and mix all together.

paleo basil salad

Add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix well. Chop basil and add totomatos and stir.

Let set for about 15-30 minutes

Paleo Tomato Basil Salad
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  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 pint sunburst (yellow) tomatoes
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper


  1. Quarter tomatoes and slice onions and mix together.
  2. Add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Chop basil and add to tomatoes and stir.
  4. Let set for about 15-30 minutes stirring occasionally.

You could also let this set overnight so the flavors really come out, making this a great make ahead salad for your next gathering!



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Winona Rogers
Winona is the author of Southern Family Lifestyle, a national blog focusing on food, family and travel. Her site was nominated this year as the Top 10 Parenting blogs in Atlanta according to In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family and cook. Winona and her husband have four children and five grandchildren living in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.


  1. Marti Tabora says:
    This looks so good and I think it would be perfect for lunch, especially in the summer. Thanks for sharing it.
  2. Dang this salad looks yummy!! I am definitely going to make it since I am on a Paleo diet!!
  3. My son loves tomato and basil together, so I'm sure he would love this recipe!
  4. Debbie Welchert says:
    Oh how easy and delicious this recipe looks. I can't wait for our garden to start producing tomatoes so I can try this recipe.
  5. michele soyer says:
    Great recipe.. I only make tomato and basil salad with mozzarella not with 2 kinds of tomatoes.. Thank you for the new idea....
  6. Not really my cup of tea. It sounds okay but with a different dressing.
  7. Trina Flynn says:
    Yummy salad, This is one I will have to try this 4 of July cookout! I’m sure everyone would love it!
  8. The smell of balsamic vinegar makes me ill. I love tomato and onion. As long as the onion is very mild and sweet.
  9. Karen Mary Butterfly says:
    Yum! So fresh and delicious!! Karen
  10. I would eat any kind of green salad. I'm not a vegan but it sure looks refreshing for a summer meal.
  11. tiffany dayton says:
    It looks good but I don't think its for me.
  12. Thanks for the recipe. Marion
  13. Peggy Stanfield says:
    Great recipe
  14. I don't know what paleo is. I'm pretty much a meat eater. Vegetables, for me, are something I put on a burger.
  15. Cynthia W says:
    This looks and sounds delicious! I think I can even make this, LOL. Thanks for the recipe.
  16. Jennifer Braswell says:
    Looks amazing!
  17. That looks delicious. Can't wait for the Farmer's Markets to open so I can get some yummy, fresh tomatoes to make this.
  18. This looks amazing! I'm all about Paleo recipes right now because I'm doing a round of Whole30 and know that I shift into Paleo when I'm done. My only thing is I don't always love raw onions. Do they get soft when you marinate/let them soak up the dressing?
    1. Winona (Simple Southern Family) says:
      Hi Andrea! No the onion will not get soft but it will mute the onion flavor a bit.
  19. This salad looks perfect for summer. The various tomatoes add a lovely color too.
  20. Can we comment on any post we'd like, or must it be the same one everyday?
  21. I like tomato, sweet onion, cucumber and green pepper in spicy Italian dressing.
  22. April monty says:
    This looks so simple yet tasty ,I've been eating h lightly a nice f fresh salad would be awesome.
  23. April monty says:
    These look great and nice n light for the summer time.
  24. belinda bell says:
    this recipe looks so yummy. I love salads
  25. Cynthia W says:
    This looks so good. I can't wait to try the recipe. Thanks!
  26. Bridget Harrison says:
    Quick simple fast to the table I love this! Perfect for hot days when you don't want to turn on the oven!
  27. April monty says:
    This salad looks so light and fresh for summer,economical too
  28. I love tomato. The best I've ever had was home grown. I used Jerry Baker recipes for plant food and this tomato bush was 6 feet tall and full of sweet tomato.
  29. April monty says:
    This looks yummy and low far ,how can you go wrong .
  30. This has me hungry for a tomato. Not store bought, fresh, ripe home grown.
  31. Cynthia W says:
    This looks delicious!
  32. Karen Adams says:
    Looks so delicious..thanks for sharing
  33. Anne Marie Carter says:
    This recipe looks very delicious. This year I planted heirloom tomatoes for the first time. I'm hoping that my salads look as delicious as this one.
  34. This sounds okay with some changes. Everyone has their personal tastes.
  35. denise low says:
    Thank you for sharing. This is my kind of salad
  36. Yummy, this looks so good! Thanks for the recipe!
  37. Nancy Burgess says:
    This salad looks delicious.
  38. Michelle Elizondo says:
    So healthy.
  39. Cheryl Everitt says:
    This salad is so simple and inviting. Thanks for sharing.
  40. Gabrielly says:
    How easy and delicious this recipe looks.
  41. April monty says:
    It's getting warm and a great time for salads like this!
  42. I love fruits and vegetables when they're in season. In the winter months they have a cardboard taste.
  43. Sandra Watts says:
    Delicious and looks really healthy to eat too!

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