Summer Tomato Salad with Roasted Garlic on Chargrilled Sourdough

5 Jun

This amazing summer tomato salad is so light and tasty, yet really filling and satisfying. It’s ideal for a summer BBQ or a relaxed lunch.

You will need:
10g fresh basil, roughly chopped
600-800g tomatoes (mixed varieties, see tips)
1-2 cloves of roasted garlic
Olive oil
Sea salt
Cracked black pepper
Sourdough bread

Serves 2-3

Method:
To make your roasted garlic, preheat the oven to 180° C / 160° C fan and take two whole heads of garlic and slice the top off (see pic). Brush with a little oil and place in tinfoil and bake for about 20-30 minutes until the garlic is soft and sweet.
Wash and dry your tomatoes, cut the larger ones into wedges and slice the smaller ones in half (see pic).
Place the tomatoes in a large bowl, add the basil and chopped roasted garlic.
Season with some salt and pepper to taste and a nice dash of olive oil. You could add 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice if you wish.
Let it sit in fridge for about 10 minutes to allow the flavours to mingle and marinate.
Next cut your sourdough into thick slices and brush with a little olive oil. Heat your griddle pan to high and chargrill the bread on both sides, you could also do this on the BBQ!
When the bread is toasted, place it on the plate and add some tomatoes and a little extra basil to garnish.

Top Tips
I got my tomatoes from a variety of shops to ensure I got the tastiest selection. The whole idea of this salad is to use as many different types of tomatoes as you can. Thankfully there are so many wonderful variety’s out there. Your best bet is Marks and Spencer and your local Farmers Markets. Let you imagination lead you. Here’s where I got mine for this recipe –
Marks and Spencer’s
The English Market (Cork)
Lidl
Tesco
A local Farmer’s Market

Enjoy, Eoin.

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