A tomato salad made with homegrown tomatoes is one of my favourite meals. Homegrown tomatoes are delicious on their own, full of flavour and juice, and even better for eating at room temperature.
A simple tomato salad lifts the experience even further. When combined with olive oil, shallots, garlic, and a sprinkling of salt, a tomato salad becomes a treat that I look forward to all year.
If using tomatoes from a shop, use the best you can buy and serve at room temperature.
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Sometimes simple can be best. A tomato salad, ideally made using homegrown tomatoes, is a late summer treat bursting full of flavour. It is one of the treats I most look forward to in the year.
The salad can be made with shop bought tomatoes, but I much prefer the flavour of tomatoes I grow myself, which seem sweeter and more full of flavour.
Cherry tomatoes can be cut in half, whilst large tomatoes are cut into thin slices using a sharp knife. The idea is to make a flat surface to hold the oil, vinegar, and salt. Spread these slices out to cover a plate.
Homegrown tomatoes are delicious on their own, but to dress them up you can also add finely chopped shallots or red onions.
For extra flavour add a clove or two of garlic. This will give the salad a kick and contrast with the sweetness of the tomatoes.
To dress the salad, pour over some extra virgin olive oil which adds a richness of flavour, followed by liberal drops of balsamic vinegar. Finish with a dusting of finely ground salt.
A wonderful summer treat that can be shared as a side dish, or as a meal for one. I suggest serving at room temperature to maximise flavour.