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This simple tomato salad highlights the sweet and juicy notes of Ontario-greenhouse grown tomatoes. Did you know that the tomato is actually a fruit? Botanically, tomatoes are a fruit, because a fruit is defined as the edible part of the plant that contains seeds, while a vegetable is the edible stems, leaves and roots of the plant.

6 servings

Simple Tomato Salad
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  • 2 large Ontario greenhouse tomatoes, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup (63 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. (30 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 sprig of fresh basil
  • Coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. Place the Ontario greenhouse tomatoes in a colander and sprinkle them with sea salt and black pepper. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Place the onions in a separate colander, sprinkle with salt and let it sit for 30 minutes. Brush off salt and squeeze out any excess water.
  3. Prick the garlic with a fork and rub the clove inside the bowl.
  4. Whisk in olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the Ontario greenhouse tomatoes, onions and basil leaves, then toss with the vinaigrette.
  6. Serve the salad on small well chilled plates and sprinkle some black pepper on top before serving


Per serving (108 g): Calories 110, Fat 9 g (14 %), Saturated Fat 1.5 g + Trans Fat 0 g (8 %), Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 105 mg (4 %), Carbohydrate 7 g (2 %), Fibre 1 g (4%), Sugars 4 g, Protein 1 g, Vit A (6 %), Vit C (15 %), Calcium (2 %), Iron (2 %). % = % Daily Value

This recipe was provided by our featured member, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers.