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Hot or cold tomato, herb and garlic dressing

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Hot or cold tomato, herb and garlic dressing

Side Serves 4 10 min
An almost instant, very fresh tomato, herb and garlic dressing. This is good served warm over boiled new potatoes, or left to cool and used as a dressing for salad leaves, with some torn mozzarella.


  • 4 tomatoes
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic or sherry vinegar
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 5 min
  • Step 1

    Cut a small cross in the stem of each tomato. Put some boiling water in a heatproof bowl. Add the tomatoes and leave for 45 seconds-1 minute. Remove from the bowl with a slotted spoon. When cool enough to handle, peel the skins, they should come away very easily.
  • Step 2

    Halve the tomatoes and remove the seeds and core. Cut the remaining flesh into small diced pieces. In a pan heat the olive oil on a low heat. Add the garlic and cayenne and stir for 3 minutes.
  • Step 3

    Add the tomatoes. Stir for another minute or two. Remove from the heat. Add the basil, parsley and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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