Heritage tomato salad with ricotta, broad beans & salsa verde
This is an update of a classic tricolore salad, using light ricotta, a punchy salsa verde and the best seasonal tomatoes.
SERVES 4 PREP 25 mins NO COOK EASY V
12 heirloom tomatoes of different shapes and sizes, sliced and cut in different ways (about 650g in total)
1/2 red onion, finely sliced 100g podded broad beans 50g ricotta
For the salsa verde
1 pack flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
3 tarragon sprigs, leaves picked
1 pack basil, leaves only
1 pack chervil, leaves only
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp small capers, drained 150ml extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tsp good quality sherry vinegar 1 Toss the sliced tomatoes and onion in a bowl with the salt and set aside.
2 Finely chop the herbs for the salsa verde. Pound the garlic, Dijon mustard and capers using a pestle and mortar and add to the herbs. Add seasoning and the oil. Add the vinegar, little by little, tasting as you go, until the sauce has the right amount of acidity – it needs to be punchy without losing the grassy, fresh flavour of the herbs.
3 Bring a pan of water to the boil and plunge the broad beans in for a couple of mins, then drain, cool in cold water and peel away the shells.
4 Divide the tomatoes and onions between plates or spread out on a platter. Dot the ricotta around and spoon over the salsa verde. Scatter with broad beans and serve.
GOOD TO KNOW 2 of 5-a-day • gluten free
PER SERVING 418 kcals • fat 40g • saturates 6g • carbs 8g • sugars 6g • fibre 5g • protein 5g • salt 1.1g