Easy Labor Day Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Onion Salad

There's nothing I love more than fresh tomatoes from my garden -- unless they are heirloom tomatoes!  If you have been as blessed as we are to pull sun-ripened tomatoes in brilliant red, gold, and purple colors from your plants, then you are likely craving a yummy, light, and beautiful-looking salad!

This recipe is adapted from an heirloom tomato recipe I found over at Jennifer's Kitchen. I made a larger batch, added some extra ingredients, and amped up the flavors a bit.

You will need:
  • 4-5 medium ripe tomatoes (don't have any in your garden? The locally-grown produce section of my Walmart has fresh tomatoes from neighboring farms)
  • 1/3 large onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Thai Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Combine everything except the tomatoes and onions in a small mixing bowl.  Layer the tomatoes and onions in a large serving bowl.  Drizzle the wet mixture over the produce, lightly toss, and enjoy!

If you can't eat this right away, the flavors will intensify.  Cover and place in the fridge for no more than 4 hours for a perfect taste; toss again lightly just before serving.

This is great as a side dish. I love it with fresh bread out of the oven, too!

What dishes do you love to enjoy over the Labor Day weekend?  Will any of it come from you garden or local product supplier?

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.