Millie’s Tomato Salad

Image Courtesy Grace Hallenbeck

All your tomatoes coming in at once?  I’ve been spending the past week creating tomato foods for the massive amount we’ve got.  Of course, I’ve been sharing with friends and I hope they like my creations.  Today I will share with you my memory of mom’s tomato salad.  Oh so good!  This is a great salad for preparing the day before you plan to serve.  Try it and let us know what you think!


  • 3 Pounds of Ripe Tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 Cups Onions, cut in half, sliced thin and slices separated into pieces
  • 1 packed Tablespoon plus 1 packed Teaspoon Fresh Sweet Basil coarsely large chopped (or 1-1/3 teaspoons dried).  This really is best with fresh basil.
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Best to use a mixing bowl that has a tight lid, like Rubbermaid, Tupperware, or similar

  • Combine all ingredients and gently hand fold
  • Place cover on mixing bowl and gently turn over a few times to finish distribution of ingredients
  • Refrigerate at least 4 hours for marination and chilling (preparing day before is best!)

Immediately before serving (chilled) give the bowl a couple of turns to distribute the juices. 

Be sure to include some of the wonderful liquid in each serving.

Serve with thick pieces of Italian or French bread on the side for dipping in the wonderful juice.  You do not want to miss this tasty bonus!

Yields about 6 cups.  Six servings as a side salad.  Around here it’s a lunch for 3 (as 2-cup servings).  You be the judge! 


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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!