Heritage Tomato Salad with Avocado

YOU WILL NEED: (serves 4 as a side salad)

The whole salad comes to 7sp/approx 330kcal so 2sp/approx.83kcal per person


4-5 large tomatoes

(Or a selection of Heritage tomatoes)

handful of fresh basil leaves

2 Spring onions

1/2 medium avocado

juice of half a lemon

1 teaspoon Balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon olive oil

black pepper

tiny pinch salt


Select a good variety of shapes, colours and textures of tomato.

 Start by slicing the largest, most open structured tomato and layer at the bottom of a large serving bowl.

Slice the remaining tomatoes and layer on top.

Scatter with basil leaves and a tiny pinch of salt. I very rarely use salt but this just enhances the flavours of the tomatoes.

Chop the Spring onions finely at an angle then sprinkle over the tomatoes.

Halve the avocado. Peel one half and slice as finely as possible into ribbon-like pieces. Toss in lemon juice then scatter over the salad. Wrap the remaining half including the stone in clingfilm to stop it going brown, then refrigerate.

Finally, splash one teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and one teaspoon of olive oil over the salad to gently bring out the natural flavours in these gorgeous, simple ingredients. Add a generous grind of black pepper. Mix gently on serving.

This makes a lovely accompaniment to any grilled meat or fish, or a delicious light starter.