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Stunningly Simple Tomato Salad

A simple tomato salad, making the most of in-season tomatoes. The great thing about this recipe is that it's easy to grow the tomatoes, spring onions and basil yourself - even if you don't have a garden. They'll all do well in pots, if they have to.

This salad is quick to make and will even improve in flavour if you make it a couple of hours ahead, as the dressing marinades the tomatoes.


Serves 4 as a starter or side dish

  • 500g (1/2 lb) fresh tomatoes - the more flavour the better.
  • 5 spring onions
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Approx 20 basil leaves (fresh)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Skin the tomatoes, if you're fussed & they're large and tough-skinned, rather than cherry-sized

  2. Slice them and arrange them on the serving dish

  3. Finely chop the spring onions and arrange over the tomatoes

  4. Drizzle the oil and vinegar over the tomatoes and spring onions

  5. Top with torn basil leaves.

  6. Add salt & pepper, if you wish.

Time From Cupboard-To-Table

5 minutes.

Notes & Variations on Stunningly Simple Tomato Salad

For the best flavour, take the tomatoes out of the fridge 1/2 hour before preparing.

The more in-season the tomatoes, the better the flavour of this dish.

If the tomatoes are early-season, you'll need to add more salt, and maybe even a little sugar.

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