Sunday, 30 October 2011

Tomato & Cucumber salad

Baby plum tomatoes, 1/2 cucumber, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mint, salt
Serves: 4 Preparation: 5 minutes

Sometimes the simplest ingredients are the most delicious and this salad is a true tribute to that. So fresh and light and perfect on the side of something rich like the buffalo steaks that I bought at Cornucopia last weekend where I had a stall flogging my lavender jam.

1) Wash the cucumber thoroughly if it's not organic - they are often waxed to help them keep their shape - and cut thick slices (about 1.5cm) into half of the cucumber. Quarter each slice.

2) I used baby plum tomatoes because I think they have a sharp, sweet taste - the smaller the tomato the more concentrated the flavour in my opinion. Cut about 15 tomatoes in half

3) Finely dice a handful of mint leaves and stir in a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to make the dressing.

4) Toss the tomatoes and cucumbers in the dressing and serve, sprinkled with a pinch of salt.

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