Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mixed Tomato Salad with Cucumber & Olives






A bright and colourful cornucopia of mixed summer vine ripened and cherry tomatoes, this vibrant Mixed Tomato Salad with Cucumber and Olives is delicious as it spectacular. Tossed with diced English or Persian cucumber, tangy Kalamata olives, crunchy red onion, a handful of fresh herbs and dressed with a simple oil and vinegar or homemade vinaigrette, this light and refreshing Mediterranean-style salad celebrates the richness of summer's bounty. Garnish with fresh feta, crumbled goat cheese, creamy Buffalo mozzarella or large curls of shaved pecorino for an extra blast of flavour and texture.




Fresh tomatoes from our garden made a wonderful addition to the salad




Mixed Tomato Salad with Cucumber & Olives
Serves 8-10

4 red hot house tomatoes
4 yellow hot house tomatoes
2 cups red, yellow and orange cherry tomatoes, halved
1 english cucumber, quartered and sliced 
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup pitted, sliced Kalamata olives
1/4 cup mixed herbs, such as cilantro, chives and basil
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp dried Greek oregano
Maldon salt and fresh ground black pepper


In a large bowl toss to combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olives and herbs and drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar. Arrange the dressed salad on a large platter and garnish with Greek oregano, Maldon salt and black pepper to taste.