Aeolian Salad – Insalata Eoliana – A Delicious Fresh Summer Salad

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The Aeolian Islands are a group of islands that are to the north of Sicily. This Aeolian Salad is a popular recipe from that region.  While many people bring pasta salads and potato salads to summer picnics and barbecues, I prefer vegetable salads because they are lower in carbohydrates. A big helping of pasta or potato salad every weekend isn’t going to do anything beneficial for my hips. This Aeolian Salad or Isalata Eoliana in Italian, is made of tomatoes, green olives, and onion as the primary ingredients.  Some people also choose to add in a few capers but since I don’t enjoy capers, I leave them out of my Aeolian salad.

Aeolian salad

Aeolian Salad

You can serve the Aeolian Salad over a bed of lettuce if you like or just enjoy it as is. It’s a wonderfully light accompaniment for barbecued meat or burgers where there is already a carbohydrate in the meal thanks to the bun.  To bring this dish with you to a party, slice all of the ingredients ahead of time and plate them at the last moment right before you heat. That will ensure that the tomatoes are at their freshest when your guests sit down to enjoy the meal. I found this recipe in The Flavours of Sicily. This recipe is reprinted with permission.

To keep these tomatoes sliced in a uniform thickness, it’s really much easier to use a tomato slicer. You can also enjoy this with thick slices of fresh mozzarella if you like. This is one of my favorite summer salads. The ingredients are easy enough to transport and assemble at your final destination.

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Aeolian Salad - Insalata Eoliana

You will love my Aeolian salad. A delicious fresh summer salad recipe.

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  • 1 3/4 pounds of tomatoes
  • Green olives
  • Capers (optional)
  • 1 Tropa red onion
  • Salted anchovies (optional)
  • Oregano
  • A few basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Slice the tomatoes.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, olives, capers, sliced red onion, oregano, basil, salt and pepper and a few pieces of salted anchovy.
  3. Drizzle the Aeolian Salad with extra virgin olive oil and a dash of red wine vinegar.

What is your favorite salad to bring with you to a barbecue? You may also like my Mediterranea Tuna Antipasto Salad or my Paleo Shrimp Salad recipe if you’re looking for other easy summer salad recipes.

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  1. looks simple but very flavorful!
  2. I'm now inspired to male this tomorrow!
  3. Diane Balch says
    You can never go wrong with a fresh tomato salad especially come summer time. Thanks so much for sharing this healthy and low calorie salad with us on foodie friday.
  4. I love tomatoes and this salad looks fantastic!
  5. Beautiful summer salad!
  6. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says
    What a beautiful salad!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)Can't wait to see what you are bringing to the party this week! We have another GREAT giveaway!Cindy from
  7. Maryann D. says
    I have never heard of the Aeolian Islands even though my dad was originally from Sicily!  I do love fresh tomato salads and this one seems delicious!
  8. Sara Zielinski says
    Looks great
  9. Tracie Trump says
    love to make these for me and husband for lunch


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