Tomato Salad with Sheep’s Milk Cheese and Fresh Basil

I found the cutest little organic tomatoes the other day at Trader Joe’s. I was also excited to run across white balsamic vinegar. I didn’t even know such a thing existed! It opens up a whole new wave of ideas where a dark balsamic can’t be used.

Trader Joe’s is new to our area. I have to admit I was a little disappointed with its tiny size and lack of a gluten-free aisle. I think I was secretly hoping for a Whole Foods experience. Whole Foods it’s not, however, their organic produce prices cannot be beat.  Now I make a trip up there just about every Friday to stock up on fresh, organic, veggies for the week ahead.

This is a simple salad that can be eaten alone or served as a side. I think it would go wonderfully with gluten-free focaccia bread with a little side of balsamic and olive oil…maybe some roasted garlic…

Tomato Salad with Sheep’s Milk Cheese and Fresh Basil

Organic Cherry Tomatoes (variety)

Sheep’s Milk Cheese

Fresh Basil

Olive Oil

White Balsamic

Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper

Slice some of the larger tomatoes in half. Tear a couple of basil leaves into small pieces, drizzle with olive oil and white balsamic, season with sea salt & pepper. Stir to combine. Crumble the sheep’s milk cheese and fold into the tomato mixture.

10 Comments on “Tomato Salad with Sheep’s Milk Cheese and Fresh Basil

    • I didn’t find many at all that were specifically labeled gluten-free. There are certainly items that are naturally gluten-free available, but it would be nice if they could get the items that are specifically labeled gluten-free into one area. Still love to go up there and look around though, and again, the organic produce is very hard to beat! 🙂


  1. I saw the title of this post and was prepared to develop a serious case of sheep cheese envy. I thought you had made the cheese. This salad looks so fresh and inviting! I bet it was delicious! My “success” at Trader Joe’s increased as I gained more experience in the store. Some of their items are incredible, while others leave something to be desired. I do enjoy going there. I’m just selective as to what I bring home.


    • No, I didn’t make the cheese. But I have been thinking about making another batch this weekend. I did notice that Trader Joe’s has a lot of fun and tasty pre-packaged foods in the freezer section. If I was single and could eat gluten and dairy, I would be all over that! Ha!


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