Tomato and Basil Salad

Cabbage ceramic dish with a salad of heritage tomatoes and basil

There are times when simplicity is the perfect way to hero a vegetable. Tomatoes have always been my favourite vegetable (yes I know, actually fruit). This season we chose to try a selection of seeds from the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust, the result is that we grew an incredible range of colours, shapes and sizes. I really wanted to savour the last of this amazing harvest, since tomato had to be the star, this simple Tomato and Basil Salad is not really a recipe, but a plate of seasonal ingredients that are perfect together.


Tomato and Basil Salad


  • A selection of tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt
  • optional – a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil


Cut tomatoes into bite-size pieces, try different shapes for each tomato, leave any tiny ones whole.

Season with sea salt flakes, freshly ground black pepper and a scattering of fresh basil leaves.

Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Chef’s Tip – if purchasing tomatoes, choose a selection of different colours, shapes and sizes, or if you’re interested in growing your own, the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust will send you a selection of seeds, for a donation, just send them a self addressed envelope.

If you love tomatoes, you might like to try this simple tomato tart

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