There's nothing more summery and appetising than a fresh Heirloom Tomato Salad to compliment a spread of fresh vegetables on the table. I'm all for a variety of dishes to accompany something from the BBQ. Maybe my delightful Spanish Chicken Skewers with Fino Sherry or my Turkish Lamb Kofta Kebabs with Caul Fat - This salad works wonderfully with so many dishes.
Sweet Tomatoes with Herbs
As part of my spread I'll always include this tomato salad. The sweet juiciness of the tomato marries perfectly with almost everything. I always try and get an heirloom variety of tomato as they have more flavour and look great, but if not, a good Roma, Beefsteak or even Cherry tomato works well.
It's a super versatile salad, that you can change up as you like. I'll add all kinds of herbs, like tarragon, thyme, oregano and marjoram. Other times, I'll sprinkle with red onion or feta cheese and more often I'll scatter over some toasted pine nuts, almonds or pistachio to compliment the type of cuisine I'm serving it with.
How to make my Tomato Salad
- 2 or 3 Heirloom tomatoes (cut into chunks or slices)
- 1/4 cup best quality extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Salt & pepper
- 1 or 2 sprigs of dill (for garnish)
- Whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt & pepper and lemon juice until well combined. Set aside.
- Cut and arrange the tomatoes in a shallow bowl or serving platter and then pour over the dressing to cover each piece of tomato. Cover and leave at room temperature for 30 mins-1 hour for the flavours to develop. Sprinkle with dill just before serving.
- As I mentioned, I usually have this as part of a larger spread to accompany roasted or BBQ meat or fish. It works with lots of things, so I'll let you decide. I often serve mine with a BBQ Steak or Stuffed Roast Chicken. It pairs particularly well with Turkish Kofta Kebab
- Alternative ingredients Herbs: Instead of Dill, try using fresh oregano, marjoram, parsley, tarragon or basil. Onion: A small amount of thinly sliced red onion that you've marinated in lemon juice is great sprinkled over the tomatoes. Nuts: Try sprikling over some lightly toasted pine nuts, almonds or sunflower seeds. Cheese: Crumble a little Feta cheese over the salad. It works beautifully. If you're serving the salad with a red meat, try crumbling over a little blue cheese.
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