Triple Tomato Salad.
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So… let’s begin now.
TIME: 15 MINS
Vibe: Easy peasy
Nice on the side: pastas, focaccia
I could have filled my book with tomato salads, but I held back and chose a couple that really hit the spot. This one is packed with cherry, chunky and semi-dried tomatoes. I like to serve the pecorino in big fat wedges, but feel free to shave it over the top if you prefer.
I wanted this guy on the cover, but then the watermelon and feta came in and stole and show, so there was a relegation, BUT I do really really love this salad. It’s so easy and makes every dinner look so special. I serve it with a whole roasted fish or a bbq spatchcocked chicken. You could also simply BBQ some sausages and provide a 10/10 meal.
If you’re a veggie: use a veggie hard cheese
If you’re a vegan: use a vegan parmesan style cheese
GET AHEAD: Salt the tomatoes up to an hour in advance. Make the croutons and dressing in advance.
IF I was having a SALAD PARTY… I’d invite a courgette and white bean salad and a fennel and orzo number (they’re in the book)…
450g fresh large tomatoes
300g cherry tomatoes
200g sun dried or semi dried tomatoes
100g pecorino, cut into triangles
4 tbsp olive oil
1-2 lemons (depending on how juicy your lemons are)
Sourdough croutons —> 250g bread, torn into 2-3cm chunks + 2tbsp olive oil
Handful of fresh basil
Cut the large tomatoes into wedges. Halve the cherry tomatoes. Tip into a large mixing bowl, season generously with salt and set aside for whilst you make the rest of the salad. Salting the tomatoes removes some of their water and intensifies the flavour.
Make the croutons. Preheat the oven to 180C.160C fan. Spread the croutons out in a roasting tray, drizzle with oil and season generously with salt. Toss well, making sure the croutons are well coated with the oil. Roast for 10 - 15 mins, until golden and crisp. Set aside to cool. Whisk up the dressing ingredients in a large mixing bowl, season well.
Drain the salted tomatoes in a sieve and add to the large bowl of dressing– Add the semi dried or sun dried tomatoes to the bowl. Toss, then taste and season with extra salt if needs be. Tip onto a large plate. Cut the pecorino into triangle and tuck into the salad and top with the croutons and basil leaves. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil to serve.
Salting your tomatoes: the best advice I can give you.
Salt your tomatoes please. Give them half an hour if you can, but at least 10-15 mins: I swear, you’ll thank me for this. Then drain them- you can catch that tomatoey water in a little bowl, you could just drink it then and there (my bag) OR add an ice cube, add a shot of vodka, some tabasco, and knock it back- why not hey. You can also reduce it and then, once syrupy, add it to your salad dressing.
You can also simply abandon it, I will not judge, not one bit.
I like my tomato salads with a good bottle of something dry, crisp and white. I particularly like this guy, but if in doubt, tell whoever is serving that you’re having a big tomato salad and trust them to choose you something similar.
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Next week… join me next week for another salad, plus all the usual suspects on here. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE.