A Tomato Salad that’s Not a Caprese Salad

A healthy tomato salad with macadamia nuts and fresh basil.

When should you eat tomatoes? Now. What should you eat with them? Macadamia nuts!

Tomato season is here, and this year I’ve got a something a little different than the predictable caprese salad. I definitely do love caprese salads, but sometimes it’s nice to change things up a bit. This salad uses toasted macadamia nuts to create a rich, creamy dressing that takes fresh tomatoes to another level.

I’m a firm believer in the mantra that less really is more. And it’s especially true when it comes to this salad. Ripe tomatoes, toasted macadamia nuts and fresh basil are all you need to make a delicious salad. Although you can certainly add a bit of fresh buffalo mozzarella or some crispy fried bread if you like.

Tomato Time

Tomato season starts as early as June and can run all the way until October here in the Netherlands. But the peak season and the best time to eat tomatoes is usually during the late summer months from September to August.

A healthy tomato salad with macadamia nuts and fresh basil

Have you noticed I LOVE basil?

Fruit or Vegetable?

Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Technically it’s a fruit. But you’ll never hear me call a tomato salad a fruit salad…

Did you know?

Dutch-owned Philips, revolutionized Dutch tomato farming with a series of LED lights that accelerate tomato growth. And in 2015, another Dutch company named Duijvestijn was awarded the title of the Best Tomato Grower in the World.”  Do you still think about Italy when you think about tomatoes? 😉

A Tomato Salad with macadamia nuts and fresh basil.

A Tomato Salad that's Not a Caprese Salad

A delicious way to enjoy fresh tomatoes this summer with a rich macadamia nut dressing. Ditch the caprese salad and try something new!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salads
Cuisine European
Servings 2 people
Calories 596 kcal


  • Food processor


  • 300 g mixed, ripe tomatoes the best tomatoes you can find
  • 50 g macadamia nuts
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Macadamia Dressing

  • 50 g macadamia nuts
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp cold water
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil peanut oil, or macadamia oil if you can find it


  • Toast all of the macadamia nuts in the oven @ 190°C/375°F for about 6 minutes or until nicely golden. Save half for the dressing and half for garnishing at the end.
    Toasting the macadamia nuts on a sheet tray.
  • Purée the nuts in the food processor until a paste is formed. Add all of the ingredients except the oil and blend. Slowly add in the oil and continue blending. Taste. The dressing should be thick enough to coat the tomatoes nicely but not too thick and should be the same consistency of a normal salad dressing.
    The dressing is made in the food processor.
  • Core the tomatoes and slice into large pieces. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper in a bowl.
    Seasoning the tomatoes in a bowl.
  • Place the seasoned tomatoes on a plate and garnish with some of the dressing. Add the toasted macadamia nuts and fresh basil. Enjoy!
    A Tomato Salad with macadamia nuts and fresh basil.


If the dressing is too thick add another splash of water until it thins out. 
Keyword basil, easy tomato salad recipe, macadamia salad, plant based salad, summer salad, tomaten salad, tomato salad, tomato salad recipe, vegan salad
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  1. Betty Jakob

    We so enjoy the fresh field tomatoes at this time of year. They actually taste like sweet “tomatoes” – compared to the ones you get in the store that are just wet, and you have to use your imagination.
    Can’t wait to try this dressing! 🙂
    Thank you!

    • Hi Betty!
      Hahaha I like that part about “using your imagination” for the tomatoes from the grocery store!
      Yeah that is definitely a huge difference. There is nothing better than fresh tomatoes from the garden. It’s amazing how much better the flavour is from the tomatoes this time of year. Gotta enjoy it while it lasts!
      I hope you like the dressing!


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