TOMATO SALAD

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Our tomatoes have been a failure this year, it has just been too hot and dry and despite constant watering we have only managed to save two plants compared to ten last year.

It is always exciting when the plants to actually begin to give fruit as my partner plants seed that he saves from when we eat tomatoes and we never know which variety of seed is in which pot and just how big they are going to grow!

When I lived in the UK tomatoes always featured in my salads, but never on their own – I did make ‘tomato and Mozzarella salad – but still there was mozzarella. When I came to France I was surprised to see tomatoes eaten just by themselves with a little dressing and some fresh basil, but now we eat this all the time either as an entrée or as a side dish to serve with meat or pizza!

I drizzled the tomatoes with ‘Olivier Co.’ basil flavoured olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then sprinkled them with dried basil and sea salt, finally finishing off with a handful of roughly torn up fresh basil leaves.

This is wonderful served with some warm crusty baguette to soak up the juices and try to make sure that you have the freshest, ripest, dark red flashy tomatoes possible to ensure to have lots of lovely juice……….

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