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A tomato salad with macadamia dressing on a plate with fresh tomatoes on the side.
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A Tomato Basil 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 this tomato basil salad instead.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 596kcal
Cost $6/5€


  • 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.
    Roasting the peanuts in the oven.
  • 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 from the macadamia nuts.
  • Core the tomatoes and slice into large pieces. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper in a bowl.
    Seasoning the tomatoes in a bowl with sea salt.
  • 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 fresh basil and a macadamia dressing.


If the dressing is too thick add another splash of water until it thins out. 


Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1461IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg
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