Heirloom Tomato Slices with Lemon Basil

These Heirloom Tomato Slices make a perfect summer salad. Try serving it outdoors on a beautiful day. A few minutes in the sun will bring out the juices.

Heirloom Tomato Slices with Lemon Basil 

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You may substitute the lemon basil for any type of basil. Even other herbs. Thyme would be nice too. I just like the slight citrus note that the lemon basil brings to the accumulated juices.


  • 2 pound heirloom tomatoes in different sizes, colors and textures
  • very good olive oil for drizzling
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoon lemon basil leaves left whole


Choose a great variety of tomatoes for this recipe. Variable tastes and textures will add a lot of interest to this salad.

Start by slicing the tomatoes between ¼ and ½ inch thick. Again vary the thicknesses slightly to get a more interesting texture. Very small tomatoes may be halved or quartered. There is no “right way”.

Arrange the slices attractively on a platter. Season them generously with salt and pepper, drizzle the olive oil over the top. Be generous because the oil combines with the juices to make a delicious dressing. Tuck the whole lemon basil in attractively here and there over the top of the tomatoes.

Let this stand at room temperature at least 20 minutes.