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Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Appetizer, Easy, Gluten Free, Healthy, Salads, Sides, Vegetable | 12 comments

Fresh Tomato and Feta Salad

Fresh Tomato and Feta Salad

I’m on a fresh kick right now.  It happens from time to time when I’ve been eating a lot of high calorie or decadent foods…and I really have.  Like this Banana Split Brioche French Toast Stack, and this Salted Caramel Sauce that I am putting on absolutely EVERYTHING, including this Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Filled Flour-less Chocolate Roulade.  NOW you see why I need  something fresh in my life?  This Kale Waldorf Salad helped but I’m big on having balance in your life and the things I put in my mouth are very high on that list so I made this Fresh Tomato and Feta Salad.

Fresh Tomato Salad by My Invisible Crown

I got my inspiration from a Whipped Feta and Tomato Crostini I made a while back from Ina Garten’s Foolproof cookbook but I left off the heavier cream cheese and the french bread.  I also didn’t use any garlic in this recipe.  I’m really happy with this way this turned out.  It was fresh and light and exactly what I needed.

Tomatoes by My Invisible Crown

It’s also really simple and takes only minutes to put together so it’s perfect for a light lunch or snack or a side for dinner.  It’s beautifully red and green too so it would be nice for Valentine’s dinner.


Fresh Tomato and Feta Salad by My Invisible Crown

A Few Things…

  • If making this in advance tomatoes can be marinated in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar for stronger flavor.
  • Most of this recipe is really just to taste.  I love lots of feta and no salt since the feta is slightly salty.  My husband doesn’t love basil but I do.  I’ll list the ingredients and you choose your amounts based on your taste.
  • To toast your pine nuts add them to a sauce pan on do it on the stove.  You’re much less likely to burn them that way.

Fresh Tomato and Feta Salad


  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 cups mixed cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons feta, crumbled (or to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons basil, small leaves, julienned or torn into small pieces
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste


  1. In a small bowl toss tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic until coated evenly.
  2. Arrange in two serving dishes and sprinkle each with half the feta, half the toasted pine nuts and half the basil.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.

What’s your favorite make at home Valentine’s Day meal?  Are you going out or making something special at home?  Maybe it’s GALentines Day with your besties?  Whatever you choose, have an awesome day!




  1. I could use a break from the more decadent stuff for a while too (although, it will probably be short lived!). This look delicious!
    Ashley recently posted..Chicken Caesar PastaMy Profile

    • Me, too! The decadent stuff is just so much more fun to eat, to make, to photograph and to share! But whoa! I’ve really overdone it lately.

    • Thank you so much! I am so ready for fresh Spring foods. I just got home from Whole Foods and all I bought was fresh, organic vegetables. Spent a fortune but I got some amazing stuff!

  2. This looks so good! I make a similar tomato basil salad but I have never thought to add feta or pine nuts – I am going to make this soon! Sounds like you had a great but very caloric time at Mardi Gras!
    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut recently posted..Black Angus CookiesMy Profile

    • Thank you! I did but am so happy to be home!!!

  3. Feta and tomatoes is an amazing combination. This sounds yummy.

    • Thanks! It was. Very light and refreshing.

  4. Making this today, can’t wait A

    • I’m so happy! Please come back and let me know how you liked it??

  5. Elegant, simple and looks delish!!

    • It was just a nice, fresh change from all the heavy foods after to holidays and parade season. Thanks!


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