Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

I promise this is one of the nicest ways to enjoy quality tomatoes and basil. Like I say, don't make this if you can't get hold of home-grown or vine-ripened tomatoes. It's not worth doing. And don't use your tomatoes from the fridge.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slice the tomatoes horizontally.
  2. Arrange on a serving platter.
  3. Drizzle with the oil, scatter the basil leaves over and season with the salt and pepper.
  4. Enjoy.
Most Helpful

Jan, this is such a simple recipe, but it is one of the best! You have to have the best tomatoes and fresh basil to make a go of it. I have been haunting my farmer's market buying the most wonderful tomatoes. We have had this dish many times during the summer. The taste can't be beat. Thanks!

Miss Annie July 23, 2002

Excellent! I used the most expensive olive oil we could find and it really does make a difference. Also, used tomatoes from our garden. Which is also a must! Used sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. DD liked it too. DH put some crumbled feta on his. I think I'll try fresh mozarella with mine next time. Thanks for the recipe!

southern_gal12000 September 02, 2006

Simple, direct ... and wonderful. Do NOT waste it on so-so tomatoes. Wait until they are at thier best.

Gerry sans Sanddunes July 24, 2003