Farmers market greek salad

Contributed by Preston Maring, MD

Farmers market greek salad

Tomatoes are back. I really got excited when I saw big boxes of multicolored heirloom tomatoes on the Happy Boy Farm table at our Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center farmers' market last week.

Along with newly offered Armenian cucumbers, red onions, fresh basil, some olives, and feta cheese, the tomatoes were the inspiration for this recipe for a delicious Greek salad. 

It has been a very long winter and spring. For me, the availability of locally grown, organic tomatoes is a reaffirmation that much is actually good in the world.

This is an incredibly simple and wonderful way to welcome summer.

Servings: 4 as a salad course


  • About 1 pound of tomatoes of different sizes and colors, thickly sliced
  • 1 Armenian cucumber, sliced diagonally (looks fancy)
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces feta cheese
  • 12 basil leaves, torn into pieces
  • 12 Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, mashed with salt
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Arrange the tomatoes artfully on a platter. Top with red onion, cucumber, feta, basil, and olives.
  2. Mix the mashed garlic with the vinegar in a small bowl then whisk in the olive oil.
  3. Dress the salad just before serving. Season to taste.