The Best Tomato Salad

Simple Tomato Salad - YUM

It is quite interesting to be blogging here in Australia where the weather is warming, warming, warming. And reading blogs from other regions where the produce just arriving in bucket loads into our markets is ending its season in other parts of the world. Sort of time warped.

So although this week’s posts are salads, the message applies across seasons and across the cultures. Bless you Elizabeth David for reminding me.

Simple is Best.

Let the ingredient shine.

Observe. Be mindful. Let the product talk to you.

Use the best (you can afford) of everything that you use in the kitchen.

Halve your time, double your fun and triple your compliments.

Be Simple. Be thankful.

Autumn Tomatoes in London

Oh So Simple Tomato Salad

Source : adapted from Elizabeth David’s French Provincial Cooking
Cuisine: French, but really global
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 0 mins
Serves: 4 – 6 people, depending how you use it

fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes in season, the best (but not necessarily the most expensive) you can get
extra virgin olive oil
the best vinegar or a little lemon juice
sea salt
black pepper
a pinch sugar

Slice the tomatoes and lay onto a plate. Drizzle any juice from the tomatoes over the slices.

Drizzle a tiny bit of vinegar over the slices. NOT TOO MUCH. Put your finger over the bottle opening to stop it coming out too fast, or pour into a teaspoon or other utensil first.

Sprinkle with sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper.

Sprinkle a pinch of sugar over the slices – this brings out the flavour. Again, just a little. You don’t want to taste the sugar.

Take that wonderful olive oil, golden yellow or even a little green in colour and drizzle it over everything.

Grab your fork and eat. Yum. Or you could take it to the table and serve.



From the Good Food Series


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22 Responses to The Best Tomato Salad

  1. Nags says:

    beautiful pic. simple salad. very very refreshing :)


  2. bee says:

    oh, no, j, how could you leave out the tequila. a good salad or salsa needs a dash of booze. :D how do you manage to make tomatoes look so glam? the first time i visited your blog, i saw the sexiest tomatoes i had ever seen. now they have been relegated to second place, ‘cos these are the sexiest.


  3. VegeYum says:

    Tequila bee? Oh no! I am aiming for the essence of tomato. And sun ripened organic Australian tomatoes are very special (as you have noticed).

    (but i have to say I love a slurp of Bombay Gin in a good green salad dressing).

    Hi Nags, thank you. It is amazing in its taste. Surprising, infact. How easy we can forget to remember the wonder of simple of food.


  4. hannehanne says:

    This is a beautiful salad. We’re just getting our first snows up in chilly Montreal this week, so your sunny tomatoes are a breath of fresh air for me.

    Speaking of fresh, I love your simplicity reminder. I just bought Alice Waters “The Art of Simple Food,” and I’m rediscovering these same rules. Food can be such a joy when it’s honestly and simply prepared. It’s exciting!


  5. Happy Cook says:

    I think always the simple recipe are the best.
    Enjoy the sunny weather down under. Here it is cold so it is soup time :-)


  6. shivapriya says:

    I prepare similar salad with roti’s. I add sliced cucumbers and onions and cilantro instead of parsley . Looks very refreshing.


  7. Thank you so much for your kind comment on my post. i’ve followed your breadcrumbs back and I’m afraid I’ve just been nibbling at your larder. Delicious!! Thanks, I’ll be back


  8. VegeYum says:

    Thank you so much to everyone – it has been really nice to find out that others are attracted by Simple Food too.

    Hannehanne, I must look for Alice Waters. I read your blog and it sounds wonderful.

    Happy Cook, maybe tomato soup? One of my favourites.

    sivapriya, yum with rotis. I love the taste of cucumbers and onions with Indian food. Beautiful partnership.

    african vanielje, my pleasure. It was nice to find your blog. Glad you like my cooking space, I will cerntainly visit you again.


  9. I can just once again say the same that I did with your cucumber post…simple is the way to go!


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