Smoky Heirloom Tomato Dressing

Smoky Heirloom Tomato Dressing

I am loving that summer is on the horizon, and there is nothing better than enjoying seasonal produce. I love a simple salad with Smoky Heirloom Tomato Dressing. This salad incorporated beautiful baby purple romaine lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, and purple and red radishes. It is crisp and delicious and lets the flavor of the dressing shine.

The dressing is decadent, smoking, and has a touch of spice. Marinating the tomatoes with the garlic gives the dressing a kick. The sugar gives the dressing a touch of sweetness, but not too much. The dressing is balanced out by the bite of the capers and the freshness of the parsley.

I am looking forward to late spring and summer evenings outside, enjoying the beautiful weather and fun company too. Summer entertaining with fresh ingredients and fun recipes makes the season even better. You can find more fun spring and summer recipes here and here and here!


1 large red heirloom tomato

2 tablespoons of olive oil

3/4 teaspoon of liquid smoke

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 tablespoon of sugar

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of capers

3 tablespoons of flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1 3/4 cup of Hellman’s or Duke’s mayonnaise


Peel the tomato and cut it into wedges.

Remove the seeds and place the tomato in a medium dish.

Add the olive oil, sugar, salt, garlic, and liquid smoke to the dish and mix well.

Cover the dish with plastic wrap and let it marinate in the refrigerator, preferably overnight, but at least for one hour.

Add the marinated tomatoes and the marinade to a food processor and pulse lightly.

Add the capers and the parsley to the mixture and pulse again.

Return the mixture to the dish and blend in the mayonnaise.

Refrigerate the dressing until serving.

Prepare your favorite simple salad and serve the dressing on the side.