Tomato Salad with Soy Sauce

SaladQuick and EasyVegetarianTomato

Fresh garden tomatoes sprinkled with olive oil, rice vinegar, and soy sauce.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

This is more of an idea than a recipe.

I had never thought to dress tomatoes with soy sauce until I came across a simple tomato wedges with soy sauce recipe in my friend Nancy Hachisu’s Japanese Farm Food cookbook. It’s so easy and good!

Tomatoes love salt, and they really love the flavorful saltiness of soy sauce. Nancy’s recipe uses rapeseed (canola) oil and shiso leaves. The salad works just as well with olive oil and sliced basil, which is what I’ve used here.

Here’s a tip for working with fresh raw tomatoes. Don’t refrigerate them!

The cold temperatures of the refrigerator will make your tomatoes mealy, and will adversely affect their flavor. If you pick a garden tomato and it isn’t quite ripe, just let it sit on a counter for a few days. It will ripen on its own.

Tomato Salad with Soy Sauce Recipe

  • Prep time: 4 minutes

Make sure the soy sauce you are using truly is made from soy. Much of what is labeled soy sauce in America is just flavored water, not true soy sauce, which is made from fermented soybeans. Check the label to make sure you are getting the real deal!

There are no measurements in this recipe. Just sprinkle the ingredients over the cut tomatoes and adjust to your liking.


  • Fresh garden tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Seasoned rice vinegar
  • Soy sauce or tamari (use gluten-free soy sauce if avoiding gluten)
  • Kosher salt or fleur de sel or other finishing salt
  • Thinly sliced basil for garnish


1 Core the tomatoes and cut them into wedges. Arrange on a serving plate.

2 Lightly drizzle olive oil over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with seasoned rice vinegar. Sprinkle well with soy sauce. Sprinkle with salt. Toss a few thinly sliced basil leaves over the tomatoes.

Serve at room temperature.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. marl

    Love this….!
    But just for a head’s up – today in the Hong Kong English paper SCMP, had an article about soy sauce and carcinogens. You need to watch the brand. Poses tiny health risk but good to know.

  2. Brady

    Love this! What a great new taste for my garden tomatoes..thanks Elise—-and all the comments are so helpful too…. Love your blog, it’s a must stop location whenever i need cooking ideas…….

  3. Tania

    I have been using Kikkoman Soy Sauce (the lite version) on salads (tomatoes, cukes, lettuce, radishes & onions) for 20 years now. It is great also with cabbage slaw. Absolutely no salt has to be added, but the soy has to be low sodium or lite.

  4. Eri

    I’m from Japan and it’s common to drizzle a little bit of soy sauce on tomatoes! My husband, who is half Japanese and half Caucasian, introduced me to a combination of soy sauce and garlic powder. My family and I thought it was strange at first, but we absolutely loved it the minute we tasted it. Now my kids, 7, 4 and 2, all love it, too!

  5. george

    Hi Elise I really love your blog and everything that you post in it .My first ever dishes that I have made were from your blog.Im 16 years old and I trust only on your food I am writing to you to tell that you should never stop posting new and new recipes.I hope that other people also appreciate everything that you have done because you are not only cooking or preparing but you are also teaching step by step on how to basis .Sencerely George

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