Portuguese Tomato Salad
tomato and onion salad

Portuguese Tomato Salad

Last Updated on 11/01/2022 by richard

Sometimes less is more, and this really simple Portuguese tomato salad is much better than the sum of its ingredients.

This simple but delicious salad makes a great accompaniment for meat or fish. Make it in advance to let the flavours mingle and you will be delighted.

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It reminds me of warm summer evenings on the Algarve with some freshly caught fish, the salad, and of course an ice cold Sagres or Super Bock beer.

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Personally I prefer to use red onions in my portuguese tomato salad for their milder flavour, but you can just as easily use white onions.

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Portuguese Tomato Salad

A traditional Portuguese tomato and onion salad
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Portugese
Servings 4
Calories 47 kcal
How Difficult Easy
Suitable for Vegetarian Diet


  • 5 Tomato
  • 1 Red onion
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Lemon or lime
  • Fresh coriander or mint, optional


  • Slice the tomatoes into rings and set aside.
  • Slice the onion into rings and set aside.
  • In a medium size serving bowl, place a layer of the sliced tomatoes and sprinkle lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place a thin layer of the sliced onions on top and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  • Repeat layering the tomatoes and onions in this way and top with the coriander or mint leaves if using.
  • Finally drizzle all over with a good squeeze of lemon or lime juice.


Calories: 47kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFiber: 3gSugar: 6g
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