French Tomato Salad

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Simple and lovely. Like all the best recipes, it's nicest when the tomatoes are in season, rather than imported. Go for the best you can find - this is where a good local greengrocer comes up trumps. Also, try for organic if you can stretch to it; tomatoes are one of the most heavily sprayed crops.

PIcture courtesy of the Vegan Version


  • 4 medium large thinly sliced tasty tomatoes (aim for at least one tomato per person)
  • 1 large very thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper
  • Lots of fresh basil leaves, torn or chopped with scissors
  • To serve: Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Mustard vinaigrette (quantities can be halved or doubled if desired)
  • 175ml/6fl oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 75ml/3fl oz white wine vinegar
  • 2 dsp (40ml) French or Dijon mustard
  • A little salt
  • Lots of freshly ground black pepper


1.Make the vinaigrette by placing everything into a jug or screwtop jar. Whisk with a fork thoroughly to mix it all together. It should emulsify - the oil and vinegar should form a sauce. Set aside.

2. Slice the tomatoes and onions as instructed. Arrange on a nice flat platter or dish, add garlic, salt and pepper then drizzle with vinaigrette. Scatter with lots of basil pieces and serve immediately.

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