There always seems something extremely decadent about heirloom tomatoes and while we’re quite happy and satisfied with the humble but tasted piccolo, the variety, sizes, shapes and tastes of heirloom tomatoes is a great way of elevating this simple salad into something not just delicious but beautiful too.
If you’re struggling to find heirloom tomatoes in your local supermarket, then check out your local greengrocer or food market, remember it’s ok to do your bulk shopping conveniently but treating yourself to some more unusual veg is a good way of injecting freshness and variety into your diet every so often.
For this salad, we like to use a mix of heirlooms as it really punctuates the salad with different colours and subtle taste differences, but if you can only get hold of the beautiful red variety of tomato, try using a mix of beef, salad and baby varieties to mix it up and create scale within the salad.
250g heirloom tomatoes
Drizzle of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
small handful of torn basil leaves
1/4 cup crumbled feta
1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste.
Preparation time: 5 mins
Serves: 2 as a side. To turn into a meal, serve with toasted sourdough.
- Chop tomatoes into 2-3cm cubes and place in a bowl. (You can also mix it up by chopping some into cubes and layering some larger tomatoes as circles at the base of the salad.
- Drizzle with EVOO
- Add a handful of of torn basil leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste (remember feta is a salty cheese so go easy on the salt).
- Stir together
- Plate up
- Crumble on 1/4 cup of feta cheese.
This simple salad makes for a wonderfully light starter in the summer or a light lunch served with some sourdough bread and some extra EVOO and balsamic for dipping. This salad will also work really well as part of a mezze meal alongside other salads or meat dishes for a lovely hit of saltiness from the feta and sweetness from the balsamic and fresh basil combo.
This salad can also be served without cheese for a vegan alternative, or substitute the feta for another soft white cheese such as mozzarella or burrata.