Apr 222015
 
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Simplest Italian Tomato Salad

Two years ago, on an evening when I was feeling rushed off my feet and uninspired in the kitchen, I decided to make that old cop-out: Breakfast for Dinner. At our house, this usually means cheese omelettes.

 

Rather than making roasted tomatoes to go with our omelettes (I didn’t have the patience to wait for the oven to heat up), I quickly made a tomato salad with ingredients which I usually have in my kitchen. I had no intention of posting the recipe because the truth is that the recipe is so simple and obvious that it is barely a recipe at all. But then I realised that sometimes it is the easiest and most obvious recipes that we overlook. This recipe for Simplest Italian Tomato Salad is really more of a reminder that something so simple can be so delicious.

 

This salad should really be prepared no more than an hour before you plan to serve it – simply wash your ingredients and have them ready to chop just prior to eating. However, if you are planning to prepare the salad more than an hour before serving, deseeding the tomato will avoid excess liquid collecting at the bottom of your salad.

 

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Simplest Italian Tomato Salad

 

SIMPLEST ITALIAN TOMATO SALAD

(Serves 4)

 

 

Ingredients:

450g/1 lb tomatoes (any type, as long as they are good quality)
3-4 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic or red wine vinegar
2 generous pinches of sea salt
Fresh ground pepper, to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Chop the tomatoes and put them into a bowl. If you are serving them straightaway, you can use the entire tomato. However, if the salad will sit for more than an hour, it’s probably a good idea to deseed it so that the salad doesn’t get soggy.
  2. Add the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to the bowl, and mix well.
  3. Chop the basil roughly and mix it into the salad.
  4. Serve immediately, otherwise refrigerate for upto 24 hours. Remove from the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes before serving.

 

Share Your Thoughts: What is your go-to easy dinner for the evenings when you just can’t be bothered to cook (take-away doesn’t count!). Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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