Tomato salad and how simple can sometimes be the best thing
The first time I heard the word heirloom tomatoes I was a little bit baffled. Heirloom tomatoes? Huh? In the meantime it has become more or less a common term. Certainly among anyone interested in food and in short it kind of means that it’s a forgotten tomato. Old varieties that aren’t produced in such big numbers. Usually they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and the weirder the better. The taste can vary from really sweet to sour or even salty. Fresh of meaty. The term heirloom is now used by everyone and his dog which also means that it is hard to know if it really is what they say it is, or just another way to decieve the poor customer. And to be honest; you can tell me anything really. I don’t know the difference between a real heirloom tomato or an imposter. Because let’s face it; if the flavor is good, the flavor is good!
Anyway; I love experimenting with all different kinds of tomatoes in my salads. Using different colors and different sizes and shapes gives the salad something interesting plus the flavors are much more interesting. The plain old Dutch tomatoe hardly ever makes it here as I find the taste bland, watery and not interesting. There are so many delicious tomatoes out there, why settle for less (well yes they cost less but still..)
A good tomato hardly needs anything at all.
So this salad shines in it’s simplicity. It is literally tomatoes, vinaigrette and a bit of cucumber for good measure… Use whatever tomato you want; heirloom, non heirloom or whatever you have in your backyard, refrigerator or store.
- 500g tomatoes (Use different shapes, sizes and colors to make yr salad pop)
- sprig cilantro (coriander, leaves only)
- 1 lemon (juiced)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar (or another nice vinegar)
- black pepper
- 1/2 cucumber
- Wash the cucumber and slice lengthwise. Chop the halves into smaller slices.
Wash all the tomatoes and slice or chop them into various different sizes. The more shapes, sizes and colours you use the better your salad will look. Plus the tastes are all different, adding more variety to your salad too.
Squeeze the lemon and mix with the olive oil and the vinegar to make a vinaigrette. Taste and adjust to your liking. Also adding salt and pepper to the dressing at this point.
- Put cucumber and all tomatoes into a large bowl and mix well with the dressing. Toss it around until all tomatoes are covered in a little bit of the dressing. taste again and add pepper and/or salt if needed.
add some cilantro through the tomatoes if you like. Chives would also be really good with the tomatoes or basil ofcourse.