Herb and Lemon Tomato Salad - deliciously light but hearty summer salad, the perfect side or a meal in itself! Full of flavour thanks to the garlic, fresh herbs and zesty lemon | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

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Herb and Lemon Tomato Salad

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This herb and lemon tomato salad is everything at the moment.  Why?

  • Fresh herbs
  • Zingy lemon
  • Perfectly in season sweet, ripe tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Fiery red onion
  • Crusty bread
  • 5 minutes to whip the whole thing up

Have you ever tried growing your own tomatoes?  The smell is intoxicating.  And the taste – sweet, tangy, mouth wateringly juicy with soft skins and firm flesh.  I’m not a fan of hot weather but I am 100% a fan of the fine fruits and vegetables that come with summer.  Last week we had a Baked Rice Pudding with Roasted Fruits quickly followed by Summer Fruits Pancake Tacos.  Fresh summer fruits in all their sweet finery.

Today is all about tomatoes.  I can eat tomatoes till I look like a tomato.  Fact ?

Herb and Lemon Tomato Salad - deliciously light but hearty summer salad, the perfect side or a meal in itself! Full of flavour thanks to the garlic, fresh herbs and zesty lemon | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Tomato and Pearl Barley Risotto (actually having that for dinner tonight as I type this)

Pesto and Tomato Stuffed Mushroom

Fava Bean Shakshuka

Just a few of the tomato recipes we have here.  All loved and ALL made again and again.  But this salad is my current tomato go to.  It’s light but filling and soso very quick to make.  One bowl, some stale, crusty bread and I promise you, you’ll be groaning with pleasure with every single mouthful.  Hmm a NSFW recipe?

Herb and Lemon Tomato Salad - deliciously light but hearty summer salad, the perfect side or a meal in itself! Full of flavour thanks to the garlic, fresh herbs and zesty lemon | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

I’ve also used  2 large cloves of garlic in this recipe.  If you don’t like garlic you should probably step away now because without it, this herb and lemon tomato salad just wouldn’t be the same.  You can reduce it to one clove because two IS quite potent.  BUT.  If you love garlic then I guarantee this is going to become your go to tomato recipe as well!

Herb and Lemon Tomato Salad - deliciously light but hearty summer salad, the perfect side or a meal in itself! Full of flavour thanks to the garlic, fresh herbs and zesty lemon | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

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Herb and Lemon Tomato Salad

prep: 10 mins / cook: 0 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 10 mins / quantity: 2 - 4 portions (2 as a main, 4 as a side)

Ingredients

  • 4 tblsp oil - I've used olive and avocado and they both taste great
  • 1 tblsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon - juice and grated zest
  • 2 cloves garlic - peeled and crushed
  • 1 tsp mustard of choice - I like dijon or wholegrain for this but it's up to you!
  • 4 cups (600g) tomatoes - I used Heirloom baby plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 red onion - peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tblsp mixed seeds
  • handful each of fresh herbs - I used flatleaf parsley, chives and basil - finely chopped or shredded
  • 1-2 bread rolls or slices of thick crusty bread - this is a great way to use up any stale bread

Instructions

  1. Into a large bowl put the oil, vinegar, lemon zest and juice, crushed garlic and mustard and give a quick whisk
  2. Halve the tomatoes (or dice if using larger tomatoes) and add to the bowl along with the red onion, mixed seeds and chopped fresh herbs
  3. Break or chop the bread into chunks and add to the bowl.  Give everything a good stir together and serve
  4. This salad also keeps well for a couple of days in an airtight container in the fridge
Herb and Lemon Tomato Salad

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