Sunday 18 March 2018

Salade de tomates

Salade de Tomates (Tomato & Basil salad)
Salade de Tomates (Tomato & Basil salad)

Donal Skehan

Salade De Tomates (Tomato & Basil Salad)

Tomatoes in season are one of nature's true gifts and although there are many ways to enjoy them, for me, serving them freshly sliced and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and garnished with a few herbs from the garden, is the best.

There are many varieties of tomato to choose from. For a salad like this, which really celebrates them, try to use a variety.

I use basil leaves here, but thyme or oregano work just as well. Serve as a simple summer salad or as a side dish to grilled meats and fish.

Serves four.


8-10 tomatoes (a good variety)

3 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

A good handful of basil leaves

Sea salt and ground black pepper


Slice the tomatoes and arrange them on a serving plate.

Whisk together the oil and vinegar until combined and drizzle over the tomatoes.

Tear and scatter over the basil leaves and season with the sea salt and black pepper, then serve immediately. If you prepare the tomatoes ahead of time, season just before you are ready to serve as the salt will draw the liquid out of the tomatoes.

Irish Independent

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