Yellow pear and cherry tomato salad

Dietician's Tip

The yellow, orange and red colors of tomatoes are due to carotenoids. These are antioxidants such as beta carotene, lycopene and lutein. Carotenoids plus the fiber, vitamins and minerals in tomatoes are nutritious and may protect against disease.


For the vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the salad

  • 1 1/2 cups yellow pear tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups orange cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups red cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves, cut into slender ribbons


To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, combine the vinegar and shallot and let stand for 15 minutes. Then add the olive oil, salt and pepper and whisk until well blended.

In a large serving or salad bowl, toss together all the tomatoes.

Pour the vinaigrette over the tomatoes, add the basil shreds and toss gently to mix well and coat evenly.

Serve immediately.

Serving Information

Serves 6

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories: 45
Total carbohydrate: 5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Dietary fiber: 1.5 g
Monounsaturated fat: 2 g
Protein: 1.5 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Serving size: About 3/4 cup
Sodium: 125 mg
Total fat: 0 g

DASH Eating Plan Servings

Fats and oils: 1/2
Vegetables: 1

Diabetes Meal Plan Choices

Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid Servings

Fats: 1/2
Vegetables: 1

Last Updated Aug 15, 2023

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