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Growing My Own Basil & Tomato Basil Salad Recipe

| July 26, 2013 | 8 Comments
Basil plant on my back porch

Basil plant on my back porch

I just love the idea of growing things in the summer.  I grew up with a huge backyard garden, and my parents just love to grow all their own vegetables and then put together fabulous summery salads.  These days their garden is enormous, and seems to grow a bit bigger every year.  I have always intended to duplicate their efforts, but I never seem to have enough time.  So over the years, I have started doing a much smaller container garden, just choosing a few plants to care for each year.  This year I have planted tomatoes and basil.  My basil is just so fabulous, and I have been using it every chance I get.  I find that a few basil leaves just makes everything taste better. I add it to all my salads, and my meat and fish dishes too.  The whole family gives basil a thumbs up which makes it even easier to use in everything.  Here is one of my favourite ways to use it:

Tomato Basil salad


  • Several large preferably fresh out of the garden tomatoes
  • Handful of fresh-picked basil leaves
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Feta cheese, thinly sliced or crumbled
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Fresh ground salt


  1. Slice the tomatoes and place them in a single layer on a pretty summer plate. Sprinkle the red onion, feta cheese and basil leaves on top. I like to place them so each bite will get a cheese, basil leaf and onion. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with pepper and salt to taste. Enjoy!

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Category: Appetizers, Food, Salads

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I am an active mother of two fabulous kids that make me smile every day. I love to cook old favourites and try out new recipes and never let my kids’ nut and egg allergy get in the way! I am forever dragging my husband all over town to try out the latest and greatest new spots to eat but for the most part I think he’s a willing participant. I would call myself a Foodie but then you would think I was pretentious, so I won't go there. I am an avid reader, pretty much anything I can get my hands on, anytime I can squeeze it in. (Yes that was me you saw reading while I was running on the treadmill at the gym). I love to write and share all my great finds whenever I can! Let’s eat! Author's website.

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  1. jan says:

    My first summer without a fresh basil plant (it died in the heat when I went away for a week) and I miss it.

  2. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    I love having fresh basil around for Summer cooking!

  3. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    Just to let you know I made this salad recently and it was amazing!

  4. Rick F says:

    I have a couple of basil plants that I grow in planters.

  5. kathy downey says:

    This year i planted basil and cayenne

  6. kathy downey says:

    I love having fresh basil

  7. kathy downey says:

    My Basil was growing well tell the Doves pulled them out and ate the roots

  8. Wanda Tracey says:

    I grew fresh basil this summer because I have come to appreciate the beautiful taste of it combined with tomatoes and tomato sauces.Thank so much for this delicious way to serve it in this recioe. 🙂

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