tomato salad

Mar 212016

Tomato and Goats Cheese Salad with Pea Shoots


Multi-coloured tomatoes always inspire me to make a flat salad to show off the tomatoes’ different hues and shapes.


My recipe for ‘Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad with Pea Shoots’ is very simple, using only a few ingredients. As is the case with most simple things, quantities are not as important as quality of ingredients in this recipe.





Ingredients: (quantities should be according to taste)

2-3 handfuls of ripe tomatoes

A log of soft crumbly goat cheese

A scattering of pea shoots (or other microgreens)

A good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

A drizzle of balsamic vinegar

A pinch of sea salt



  1. In a flat platter, crumble a log of soft crumbly goat cheese. The amount of goat cheese you use should depend on your preference for it.
  2. Wash and dry your tomatoes and cut them into bite-size pieces. Place them on top of the goat cheese.
  3. Wash and dry your pea shoots or other microgreens. Scatter them on top of the salad.
  4. At this point, you can refrigerate your salad (covered) for upto 24 hours until ready to serve.
  5. Before serving, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sea salt.


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Apr 222015
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



(Serves 4)




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



  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.


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