French Tomato Salad

French Tomato Salad

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.

Easy recipeEasy Gluten free Wheat free Quick meal Cheap as chickpeas
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Preparation time

Cook time

Total time

10 minutes

Cuisine

French

Meal

  • soups-starters
  • sides-light-meals-and-salads
  • vegetable-side-dishes

Servings

2-4

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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.

Optional

Use a variety of coloured tomatoes and serve with MozzaRisella and black olives.

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