You will love this simple tomato salad which celebrates different varieties of tomato with its rich and tasty tomato salad dressing. It is perfect for lunch on a hot summer day.
Tomatoes are now coming into season and what better way to eat them with a simple tomato salad with a tomato dressing? Tomatoes are best enjoyed picked fresh from the plant when they are still warm and sun drenched. In the summer Ed and I eat bowls of ripe cherry tomatoes like sweets, there are far worse snacking habits to have, and we enjoy them as much as we can during the season.
If you can possibly avoid it, never put tomatoes in the fridge, it will rob them of both their flavour and fragrance. and even when they are back to room temperature it never fully returns.
One of my favourite ways to eat tomatoes (part from snacking on cherry tomatoes), is in a sandwich – thin slices of well buttered white bread, sliced tomatoes and a sprinkling of salt. Perfection, but not terribly transportable, or suitable to prep ahead. My second choice is this tomato salad, with a rich tomato dressing, which is suitable for picnics and packed lunches. Slice the tomatoes and prepare the dressing a few hours in advance, and then mix when you are read to eat. Use as many different types of tomatoes as you can, variety is the spice of life after all!
- For the Salad
- 2 types of perfectly ripe fresh tomatoes – sliced
- Fresh herbs – I use basil - but oregano works well
- Salt & pepper
- For the dressing
- A couple of very ripe red tomatoes
- Couple sun dried tomatoes
- Glug of olive oil - or oil from the sun dried tomatoes
- clove Small of garlic
- Salt & pepper to taste
Put all ingredients for the dressing into a jug and blitz with a stick blender, or whizz in the small bowl of the food processor.
Slice and arrange the tomatoes on a plate, season then scatter a few fresh herbs over.
To serve pour the dressing over the sliced tomatoes.
We enjoyed our tomato salad with fresh tomato dressing with some products from Higgidy, which are perfect for picnics, or causal al fresco dining with friends or family. We’ve enjoyed their pies in the winter, and were impressed by the summer products, which are good both cold, or reheated and are mainly vegetarian as well as much lighter than the winter products.
The Little Mushroom, Feta & Spinach Pie was topped with an oat and flax crust and generously filled, Feta & Red Pepper rolls has a lovely tomato crumb on the flaky puff pasty and were generously filled as well as an excellent size for a snack. The Spinach, Feta & Roasted Red Pepper Quiche, has a seeded base and a generous filling, and would serve 6 with lots of sides, or 4 with a salad for a light lunch. We heartily approve that the company uses free range eggs and good quality ingredients.
Pop over to Higgidy to see the full range, with excellent feedback from their seeming legions of fans, and for a simple recipe to accompany each product. Available from most supermarkets, but the range varies depending where you shop. Prices range from around £2.70 – £4.20.
Look out for promotional stickers on the Higgidy packets too and you could win some picnic sets from Joules.
If you like tomato salads you may also like:-
- Camilla’s tomato, red onion and coriander salad
- Helen’s garden tomato salad
- Diana’s tomato and dill salad
Recipe for Three Tomato Salad with Tomato Salad Dressing commissioned by Higgidy, who also sent us some pies for review. All opinions our own.