A fresh heirloom tomato salad with hot honey and feta is the perfect summer recipe to make when you want to pack a flavour punch. The hot honey is made by cooking garlic paste and chilli flakes before adding honey and warming it through to infuse. Drizzled over an heirloom tomato salad and crumbled feta cheese, this easy salad recipe is a sweet, salty AND spicy taste revelation. Tiktok recipes are always on my radar and when I saw many people making the hot honey trend I had to try it, but put my own twist on it, of course. Adding garlic gives it an extra savoury contrast which I love, and garlic and tomatoes always go so well together. The saltiness of feta is the perfect complement to the sticky spicy honey, especially paired with the heirloom tomatoes which come into a league of their own in the summertime.
Heirloom tomatoes or heritage tomatoes are tomatoes that are not mass-produced, and instead, their seeds are passed down from season to season. My favourites (and the heritage tomatoes I used in this recipe) are the Black Russian tomato, the Lemon Grape tomato, the Green Zebra and Tumbling Tom Red Tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes come in beautiful colours and shapes and make salads look so much prettier as well as being incredibly tasty and full of flavour.
This heirloom tomato salad with hot honey and feta works especially well in the summertime when the heritage tomatoes are in season and ripe. I love to serve it at lunchtime alongside other tasty summer dishes like this black garlic chicken and popcorn calamari and if you love salads with feta cheese, you should also try this grilled peach Panzanella salad.
- Heirloom tomatoes (heritage tomatoes)
- Chilli flakes
- Feta cheese
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
See the recipe card for quantities.
Make your hot honey first so it has time to cool.
Crush the garlic cloves into a paste, and gently fry them in a pan with some olive oil.
After a minute or two (taking care that it does not burn), add the chilli flakes and stir through for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
Pour the hot spicy honey into the pan and turn the heat down, allowing the flavours to infuse for 5-10 minutes but do not let it boil. Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer the hot honey into a jug or jar and allow to cool.
Slice your heirloom tomatoes into pieces, or leave some whole for variety.
Place the tomatoes in a salad bowl and crumble the feta over the top. Add the fresh basil leaves and then pour over the hot honey. Serve and enjoy!
Hint: You can vary the amount of chilli you put in the hot and spicy honey depending on your personal preference.
Substitutions and variations
Here are some ways you can adapt this feta, hot honey and heirloom tomato salad to suit you.
- Cheese - Try other cheeses like fried halloumi or creamy mozzarella.
- Vegetables - Add red onion and cucumber to make this salad even crunchier.
- Chilli - You can use fresh chilli instead of dried chilli flakes.
Love a bit of spice? Try this homemade habanero pineapple hot sauce.
- Frying pan
- Jug or jar
- Salad bowl
Store any leftovers in the fridge Good for 2-3 days.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
You can keep any leftover hot honey in a clean, sterilized jar for a few weeks, try drizzling it over other things! It's great on pizza...
Hot honey is honey that has been infused with chilli spice, to give it some heat. The sweet and spicy flavour is delicious and can add real depth to dishes.
Feta cheese is a Greek cheese made from ewe's milk (sheep) or sometimes a mixture of sheep and goat milk. It is a white cheese that is quite crumbly, and has a strong and tangy flavour. It is salty due to being aged in brine.
Heirloom or heritage tomatoes typically have a stronger flavour and are juicier, too. I consider them the Rolls Royce of tomatoes.
Heirloom Tomato Salad With Hot Honey And Feta
- 1 Frying pan
- 1 jug or jar
- 1 Salad bowl
- 2 kg heirloom tomatoes
- 400 grams Feta cheese
- 200 grams Honey
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon Chilli flakes
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon basil
- salt and pepper
- Make your hot honey first so it has time to cool.
- Crush the garlic cloves into a paste, and gently fry them in a pan with some olive oil.
- After a minute or two (taking care that it does not burn), add the chilli flakes and stir through for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Pour the hot spicy honey into the pan and turn the heat down, allowing the flavours to infuse for 5-10 minutes but do not let it boil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer the hot honey into a jug or jar and allow it to cool.
- Slice your heirloom tomatoes into pieces, or leave some whole for variety.
- Place the tomatoes in a salad bowl and crumble the feta over the top. Add the fresh basil leaves and then pour over the hot honey. Serve and enjoy!