Summer Tomato-Sweet Onion & Blue Cheese Salad Recipe

A simple salad recipe, full of seasonal summer flavors, that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.    Summer Tomato Sweet Onion and Blue Cheese -- A simple salad recipe, full seasonal summer flavors, that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.Please excuse my absence. Hopefully you’re very hungry for a new recipe!

And this one just so  happens to be a lovely appetizer to serve at your July 4th barbecue! Summer Tomato Sweet Onion and Blue Cheese -- A simple salad recipe, full seasonal summer flavors, that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.After a very rough few months dealing with my dad’s recovery from heart surgery and my mom’s ongoing health issues, I was in Hawaii with my husband and boys for a much needed week of pure relaxation and fun!

And really delicious food!Summer Tomato Sweet Onion and Blue Cheese -- A simple salad recipe, full seasonal summer flavors, that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.I have a few restaurants I can’t wait to tell you about in the next couple of weeks!  First though, I thought I’d share this super quick and easy appetizer that we had one night a the Kona Inn.

Other than the sweet Maui onions, this recipe isn’t Hawaiian, but I loved the simplicity and beauty of it. It may resemble the Italian Caprese, but the flavor profile is quite different.Summer Tomato Sweet Onion and Blue Cheese -- A simple salad recipe, full seasonal summer flavors, that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.And now a few important thank yous in case they’re reading this . . .

To my friend Aimée, for encouraging me to make our Hawaiian vacation happen!
To my aunt Roberta, without your help, I would not have left town.  Simple as that.
To my brother John, for taking Annabelle to the dog park every day, and brightening dad’s days by bringing him with you.
To my cousin Beth, for cooking so much delicious food for my parents. (Not just while I was away, but for the last several weeks!)
To my in laws, for taking such good care of our house and dogs!
And to my husband for always being my rock.  And for answering me with “whatever you want” every time I asked about something I wanted to do while in Hawaii. 😉

Stay tuned for more from our Hawaiian adventure on the Big Island! I’ll be sharing a couple of do-not-miss restaurants, Poke Nachos and so much more!

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Summer Tomato-Sweet Onion & Blue Cheese Salad Recipe
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Serves: 2
  • 2 small-medium tomatoes (about the size of a plum), washed, dried and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 Maui onion, peeled and sliced very thinly
  • approximately 10 large basil leaves, washed and dried
  • 2 teaspoons crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Alternating between the tomato and onion slices, arrange them on a round plate. Add a basil leaf after each onion slice, and then sprinkle the blue cheese over the top.
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar to a very small sauté pan and place it over medium-high heat. Cook until it thickens and reduces by about half.
  3. Drizzle the reduced balsamic and grind a bit of pepper over the tomatoes and onions and serve.
You can arrange the ingredients up to a couple hours ahead of time. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. (The balsamic glaze should not be added until the moment you serve.)









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  1. Roberta Stone says

    I’m reading. Printing some recipes. And, thanking you back for your thank you. Can’t wait to see more food from The Island.

  2. says

    Sounds like you have a wonderful support system – hoping your dad continues to recover and your mom’s health issues subside as best they can – and, glad you and your fam got to take a break in Hawaii with some delicious food! Speaking of delicious – this salad sounds wonderful!

    • valentina says

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I so appreciate it! And I hope you try the salad. 🙂 xo

  3. says

    Such gorgeous colors! I wish I could eat raw onions but (is it my age?) my stomach won’t have anything to do with them. Not even scallions any more… ☹️ However, nothing will stop me from the tomatoes, basil, and blue cheese!! And I don’t know about you all on California, Valentina, but we are having an awesome tomato year in Tucson!

  4. says

    Now I know why you had to think when I asked how your boys are doing! It’s your parents I should have also enquired about! Hope your dad is doing better after his surgery, Valentina! You are quite amazing to keep your site up with so much going on!

    I would love this tomato and onion salad, and the addition of the cheese is stellar! The photos aren’t half bad either! 🙂 So lovely seeing you today!

  5. says

    I’m sure Hawaii was as delicious as this salad. I’m happy to hear you made time for that. I too have a little tropical getaway planned for later this month (Tahiti & Moorea!). GREG

    • valentina says

      TAHITI!!! The best! I’m sure that will be so amazingly beautiful and relaxing. ENJOY EVERY MOMENT!! XOXO

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