Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Heritage Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Basil Dressing

Wonderful, glorious, British tomatoes are what summer is all about as far as I'm concerned. In the month of August if there isn't a tomato in the house then there's something wrong. Big ones, small ones and funny shaped ones it doesn't matter I love them all. I have grown my own this year and am waiting for them to ripen at the moment but I was very lucky to have got my hands on some more unusual varieties.

When you are faced with such a selection of colours and shapes of tomatoes some can be quite astonishing. I was convinced that some fool had put a few large chillies into the crate and I decided to ignore them, until, on closer inspection they turned out indeed to be tomatoes. It was surprisingly nice to rummage through the crate of tomatoes not knowing what you might come across next and there's only one way to make the most of them.
You will need (for two):
A selection of tomatoes (don't refrigerate them)
1 ball mozzarella
Small handful basil
4-5tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Cut, slice and dice the tomatoes however you choose and arrange them on a plate. Tear the mozzarella into pieces and place on top. Put the basil into a blender with the olive oil and salt and pepper and blitz into an emerald sauce. Drizzle this over the top. The reason I said not to refrigerate tomatoes is because I heard it ruins their flavour and texture. After a little experimenting of my own I can confirm that unrefrigerated tomatoes are sweeter.
For something that takes ten minutes and involves no cooking you couldn't ask for something to deliver more on flavour. Not only was this a visual adventure it was also a taste expedition; the yellow was the sweetest and the green the most sour, the basil was subtle and the mozzarella creamy. If an adventure and expedition wasn't enough of a mouthful for you then don't worry, this meal also encompasses an exploration of textures. There were thick skins and thin skins, jelly like middles and firm, juicy middles. This was an immensely enjoyable meal, made better by the fact that no matter how hard you try it is inevitable that you will get tomato seeds and juice all over your chin.

26 comments:

  1. That is luvly! I think, though, that you really need a variety of different tomatoes to have the full experience.

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  2. Whoa, back up the truck! How great. Can't wait for summer to roll around so I can get some.
    Have a great week!

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  3. Fantastic-this just says Summer!!

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  4. I have tomato envy - only homegrown tomatoes have that special taste and smell. Fab recipe too.

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  5. We had something similar to this last night with our freshly picked garden tomatoes. This looks delicious!

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  6. I can never get enough of this dish. I wish summer would never end just so I can continue eating it.

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  7. A perfect, simple, precious meal. The most simple things are sometimes the best!

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  8. Amazing colors, it looks so fresh and delicious!

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  9. Fantastic salad with such beautiful vibrant colours. A simply delicious dish. Thanks for the tip about the tomatoes. I had no idea!

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  10. I love all the different tomatoes int his salad... so gorgeous.

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  11. I love heritage tomatoes and this is a stunning dish with all the vibrant colours!

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  12. Beautiful to the eye & yet very healthy! A fabulous salad for the season! YUM! :)

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  13. Wow, wow, wow, beautiful and the colors makes this salad so appetizing. We seldom have salad but I do need esp when once a while we indulge in Western food and need a salad to pair up with.

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  14. Love it! I'm a mozzarella/basil/tomato fan and to obtain the best dish you need to have fresh, top quality ingredients like yours!! Last year I enjoyed many good tomatoes, I like when they ripe with different shapes and size...and flavours.

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  15. I don't even like raw tomatoes that much, but now I have serious tomato envy. Those colors! What a great-looking salad.

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  16. What a gorgeous salad! Love the colours and the combination of flavours. I have never seen tomatoes except in red, so I am really really intrigued by this.

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  17. lovely salad. One of my favourites. Great colours!

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  18. I love tomatoes ...they are juicy with a subtle tanginess. This salad must have tasted fantastic with that yummy basil dressing!

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  19. this is simply gorgeous! it really lets those beautiful tomatoes shine!

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  20. Thank you so much for visiting A Light Perspective. I love mozarella & tomato salads, simply delicious & refreshing during summer!

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  21. Oh, this is my favorite summer salad! And yours is so vibrant and fabulous...I could eat it day after day~

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  22. Impossible to resist to a salad like this. So summery and refreshing. I love caprese-style salad. I like it with some crunchy bread. Have a nice weekend.

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  23. This salad looks like the perfect mix of absolutely everything my friend :D
    YUM!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  24. I savor all the in season tomatoes I can during the summer - haven't had a chance to pick up any heirloom tomatoes yet, but I plan to.

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