Simple Tomato Salad
Simple Tomato Salad : Versatile and delicious
This is my third summer, or at least part of summer, in Italy. Every year I tell myself, I’m going to research lots of local recipes and cook them in my cute kitchen, imagining myself the spitting image of a domestic Sophia Loren. But, I don’t. Not least because who am I kidding, me, Sophia Loren? I wish. I get caught up with visiting friends, writing, eating out, and, filling myself up with lots of irresistible gelato – my new favourite flavour combination is hazelnut and pistachio.
When I do eat at home, the produce here is so ripe, so tasty, it seems a shame to cook. And let’s face it, the thought of turning on the gas or the oven in this heat is a bit too much for me. Although, in saying that, there’s been a few stormy days where I managed to make a peach compote and a tomato sauce. Anyway, most times I end up making some sort of salad or other.
I’m in the region of Peimonte, Lago Maggoire, Pallanza to be specific and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you there is no shortage of sweet, sun-ripened tomatoes. They tend not to come from around here though, I’ve noticed the Piemontese seem to prize vegetables and fruit from the south, in particular the areas of Puglia and Sicily – the more sun the more sweetness after all. Every week when the market rolls round I buy more fruit and vegetables than I can consume. Tomatoes are top of the list and this little preparation method – it’s so simple I can hardly bring myself to call it a recipe – is a great way to use them.
I eat my Simple Tomato Salad on crispy toasted bread as bruschetta, add to pasta in place of a ‘proper’ sauce or mix in with salad leaves and serve on the side of my pasta. I’m sure you can think of lots more ways to enjoy it.
Simple Tomato Salad
Preparation Time: Under 10 minutes
400g or thereabouts of cherry tomatoes or the sweetest you can find, chopped roughly
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 spring onions chopped finely
2 tsp dried oregano
A pinch of dried chili flakes
1 tbsp of red wine vinegar (or balsamic)
Salt and black pepper to taste
If your tomatoes aren’t quite as ripe as you’d like, you can always add a pinch of sugar.
It goes without saying that this recipe for Simple Tomato Salad is very versatile, you can add or take away anything you feel like. For example, some fennel seeds might be nice instead of oregano, and of course fresh basil with tomato is a classic.