This recipe is great ending to a hot summer day. It is a family recipe passed down to me from my great grandmother. My grandmother and I used to sit outside with candles all around us with this salad and warm conversation. The original recipe was first used in 1912.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a bowl, toss the cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, green onions, garlic, basil, cilantro, black pepper, red pepper, and salt. Refrigerate 30 minutes and toss again before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

24.4 calories; 1.1 g protein; 5.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 36.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2005
What a wonderful recipe. As I was making it I thought that perhaps it might need a little olive oil for juice; but after it sat in the refrigerator the tomatoes made their own juice. My family just loved it. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2010
The trick to this recipe is to use extremely ripe tomatoes. Save the juice when slicing the tomatoes and add the pepper red pepper and salt to taste as this will become the marinade otherwise the salad is just to dry to stand on it's own. As written this recipe is completely overwhelmed by the basil onions and cilantro. Herbs would be much better reduced by half so the flavor of the tomatoes is not "lost". With changes good use of summer produce.... Ummm! Read More
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51 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2005
What a wonderful recipe. As I was making it I thought that perhaps it might need a little olive oil for juice; but after it sat in the refrigerator the tomatoes made their own juice. My family just loved it. Thanks! Read More
(70)
Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2010
The trick to this recipe is to use extremely ripe tomatoes. Save the juice when slicing the tomatoes and add the pepper red pepper and salt to taste as this will become the marinade otherwise the salad is just to dry to stand on it's own. As written this recipe is completely overwhelmed by the basil onions and cilantro. Herbs would be much better reduced by half so the flavor of the tomatoes is not "lost". With changes good use of summer produce.... Ummm! Read More
(241)
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2005
What a wonderful recipe. As I was making it I thought that perhaps it might need a little olive oil for juice; but after it sat in the refrigerator the tomatoes made their own juice. My family just loved it. Thanks! Read More
(70)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2007
Loved it! I also added lime juice and cucumbers which I thought complemented the recipe very well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2007
I never would have thought that it would be possible for a salad to have this much flavor without a heavy dressing! Ok so I have not been able to find the yellow tomatoes but that's no problem. Just add extra red. I find that I'm still slightly nervous about the garlic getting distributed evenly so I still juice a few of the tomatoes into a little bowl and stir the garlic into that. Then pour over all. What a pleasure to find a wonderful wonderful salad that the whole family loves and have it be fat free too! I've had this recipe for about 2 weeks and we've already had it 4 times. Thank you so much for sharing this! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2008
I added chopped fresh spinach. Easy delicious and healthy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2006
An excellent fresh quick extremely tasty salad. The only change I made was to sub dried cilantro. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2006
This salad was very good! A bit salsa-ish but an excellent use of excess garden bounty for sure. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/05/2009
Wow I guess I have to disagree with most of the reviews on here. It does need a dressing. It's very "earthy" (as my husband) said without some kind of "sauce". I added some balsamic vinegar and was able to eat it then but on it's own it's just too dry. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2011
This is a wonderful fresh salad that's perfect for those warm summer months when tomatoes from the garden are so abundant. It's not only vibrant in color but also in taste. I did leave out the cilantro as a personal preference and did NOT refridgerate this. I did however drizzle a little olive oil over top and added just a splash of balsamic vinegar (any nice vinegar would do) which I think made a huge difference. Read More
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