5-Minute Balsamic Thyme Tomato Salad is a light, fresh, simple salad side dish perfect for picnics and hot summer nights! | gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, free of all other top 8 most common allergens
It's April, which basically means it's almost summertime here in Florida! 😉 I know, I know - with the horrible winter so many of my Northern friends have been having (literally snowing today in some places!) I feel bad talking about summertime, but just think of this 5-Minute Balsamic Thyme Tomato Salad recipe as one you can look forward to when the snow stops and you can celebrate better weather with a fun picnic outside!
And that's exactly what I had in mind when I created this 5-Minute Balsamic Thyme Tomato Salad: picnics at the beach or dinner spent outside on light summer nights. It's a simple side dish salad that's light and refreshing, but also great if you are making ahead or outside at a barbecue because there are no greens that will easily wilt. That is, of course, unless you choose to add greens, and if you do, I'd add right before serving.
I happen to adore fresh thyme and think the flavor pairs really well with the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar in this salad. That said, feel free to change out the herbs for equal amounts of fresh rosemary, basil, parsley, oregano, or whatever you prefer.
I also love using cherry or grape tomatoes in this recipe. You still have all the amazing nutrients found in tomatoes, but they're a little less juicy than larger tomatoes, so they hold up well when halved in this salad. If you have a surplus of larger tomatoes on hand or that's all you can find, you can totally chop larger tomatoes into bite-sized pieces, but if they're extra juicy (like when juice and seeds get all over your cutting board) don't add the extra juices and seeds into the salad with the other ingredients.
Finally, if you wish to add some greens, feel free! I really enjoyed the flavors in this Balsamic Thyme Tomato Salad paired with the peppery freshness of some arugula, but do what works for you! Looking for some other summery salad side dish recipe inspiration? Try these:
- 5-Minute Broccoli Kale Quinoa Salad
- Spiralized Cucumber Sesame Salad
- Grilled Greek Salad
- Fruity Quinoa Salad
- Polenta Panzanella Salad
If you give this 5-Minute Balsamic Thyme Tomato Salad a try, be sure to share what you think! Feel free to leave a comment or share on the NTF Facebook page or on Instagram (tag @nutritiontofit and #nutritiontofit). Live well!
5-Minute Balsamic Thyme Tomato Salad
- 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves about 3-4 sprigs of thyme
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 2 cups arugula optional
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and gently toss.
- Can be served immediately, or made in advance and kept in a closed, airtight glass container up to 3-4 days.
Perfect summer side dish!! Will pair great with some grilled chicken or even as a snack by itself!
Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, CLT says
that's exactly how I've been enjoying it!
Have to agree, fresh thyme is the best, especially with tomatoes. Yum!
Literally I love balsamic everything! And retweet Lorie, Thyme, genius!
Emily Kyle says
Oh girl this looks so fresh and delicious! I think I have just about everything I need to make this right in the garden. Thanks for sharing!