Cherry Tomato Salad with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing

Tomato Salad with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing

Now that tomatoes are at their peak, I am always looking for fresh and creative recipe ideas.  I found this recipe in the June issue of Food Network Magazine.  It was originally The Neelys’ recipe and if you ever watch their Food Network cooking show, you know their recipes aren’t the healthiest.  I thought it was almost sinful to follow their exact recipe because it was full of fat!  No need to make one of nature’s perfect foods unhealthy!  I cut the fat down in this recipe by using non-fat buttermilk and non-fat sour cream.  You could also replace the sour cream with non-fat Greek yogurt which would also bump up the protein and give this salad a nice tangy flavor.  This salad is delicious!  The garlic, shallot and fresh basil pack a flavorful punch! This salad would be a perfect side dish for a cook out or summer picnic!

*Note: This recipe does not keep well; the garlic and shallot become overly pronounced after sitting in the fridge for a day. Also, do not drench the tomatoes in the dressing, you want to be able to taste and see them!

Cherry Tomato Salad with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing

Serves 4-6


6 cups red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2/3 cup non-fat buttermilk

1/4 cup non-fat sour cream

3 Tbs fresh basil leaves, chiffonade cut

1 shallot, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced


1.  Put the cherry tomatoes in a large serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss.

2.  In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, sour cream, basil, shallot and garlic. Season with pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the tomatoes and toss.

Link to Gina and Pat Neelys’ Recipe

Cherry Tomato Salad

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One thought on “Cherry Tomato Salad with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing

  1. Reblogged this on A QUEST for Public Adjusters Blog and commented:
    This recipie looks delicious, healthy and simple. Tomatoes grow well in El Paso, they will even grow in a planter and ohhh the taste when they are home grown. You can also go to the Ardovinos market and buy tomatoes from the local growers. My tomatoes last year were not abundant so thats what I did, went to the market and bought them. This is a great way to support the local farmers. We need more growers in this area.

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