Tomato Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad

This salad was on the cover of  Bon Appétit this month.  I knew I wanted to make it on first sight, only to realize after opening to the page that it’s a Yotam Ottolenghi recipe.   I’m such a huge fan of his, and this salad is a perfect example of his talents. With a couple of simple twists he offers up a new and exciting version of a plain, albeit beautiful, tomato salad.  His genius is expressed in the paper thin, barely charred slices of roasted lemon,  slightly crisp, and full of unexpected bitter/tangy flavor.  And in the dressing.  I would have been thrilled just to have discovered it on its own today.  Equal parts pomegranate molasses and olive oil blended with…wait for it…allspice.   The dressing emulsifies with just a quick whisk, and the flavor is killer.  Sweet, spicy, completely different from what you expect on your tomato salad.   The man’s a genius, I tell you.

Pomegranate Allspice Dressing

This is the month for tomatoes, for sure.  Just look at the crazy colorful and oddly shaped mini heirlooms I found at the farmer’s market yesterday.  They look like teeny eggplants!  The woman at the stand told me what they are called, but I’ve forgotten, so if anyone knows, give a shout out in the comments.  I mixed them with tiny round cherry tomatoes for this salad.

mini heirloom tomatoes

I always make a few tomato salads in August as a swan song for summer.  I tend to get interested in fall cooking pretty early, so it’s now or never for me.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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This salad comes together quickly, the most tedious part is slicing all the small tomatoes in half.  Don’t be tempted to do this ahead of time, though, as cut tomatoes and fresh basil are incredibly time sensitive.  You can make the roasted lemon ahead, if you like.

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Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad

Serving Size: serves 6

Ingredients

  • I lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pints mixed cherry heirloom tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • one large handful of small basil leaves
  • several Tbsp fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup spring lettuce mix (for the base of the salad)
  • Pomegranate Allspice Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Wash the lemon well, and then cut it in half lengthwise. Slice it in very thin slices, and remove all the seeds.
  3. Toss the slices with the sugar and oil, and then lay them out on a lined baking sheet. Roast for about 20 minutes, until they are just beginning to char around the edges. Set them aside to cool.
  4. Whisk together the dressing.
  5. Line a large shallow salad bowl with the spring mix lettuce, and then arrange the tomatoes, onion slices, fresh herbs and lemon slices on top. Toss lightly with the dressing and serve immediately. The salad will not wait!

Notes

recipe slightly adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi

http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/minimal-monday-tomato-onion-roasted-lemon-salad/

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If you haven’t tried pomegranate molasses yet, you must.  It’s the most deliciously thick, tangy reduction of pomegranate juice and it is the kind of ingredient than can make a huge difference in lots of things, from sauces and stews to salad dressings.  It’s a key ingredient in one of my favorite easy chicken dishes , POMEGRANATE AND LIME CHICKEN THIGHS,  and I even have a recipe for making it yourself, HERE.  You can also find it ONLINE, if you have trouble locating it in your supermarket.

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19 Responses to Minimal Monday: Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad

  1. This sounds lovely and really tasty. Thank you for sharing this.

    Simon

  2. Wow – just wow! I am a fan of Ottolenghi recipes as well as your recipes! I’ve never seen the pomegranate molasses but need some! It is gorgeous, the photos are gorgeous and now I am drooling :)

  3. This is a gorgeous salad! Almost too pretty to eat… but it’s too yummy not too. So yeah, I’ll take a plate or too!

  4. Eileen says:

    This really makes me wish my backyard tomatoes would hurry up and ripen already! Soon… :)

  5. Caitlin says:

    those tomatoes are gorgeous! I think I need to head to the farmer’s market so I can find some picture worthy ones like these when I make this salad!

  6. sippitysup says:

    The art here isn’t just Yotam’s. GREG

  7. so minimal but so delicious and beautiful! I love your minimal mondays because i love seeing how creative you are with the simplest of ingredients

  8. Joanne says:

    I spotted this in BA as well and wondered about those roasted lemons! Since you give it such rave reviews, I know I’ll HAVE to make it this weekend. It’s only right.

  9. I have that magazine actually sitting on my counter in the kitchen, and yes, I’ve glanced at the cover on more than one occasion and thought I should peruse further. I haven’t had a chance to actually pick it up and enjoy it though. So glad you posted this or I may have just missed it. I have baskets of tomatoes from the farmers market just begging to be used, and with a bag of lemons from my dad’s tree I’m set!

    • Sue says:

      I know what you mean about the magazines, I find it so hard to read them in time to actually make anything while it’s still in season!

  10. What an absolutely gorgeous salad, so perfect for the August abundance of tomatoes!

  11. ahu says:

    Oh my gosh Sue, this looks incredible! I’m so jealous of your amazing tomatoes! What a unique combination – I have pomegranate molasses but never thought to use it in a dressing! Brilliant – I will definitely be trying the dressing asap!

    • Sue says:

      It worked so well in the dressing, and as an added bonus, the mixture emulsified instantly…it’s a great discovery!

  12. mindi says:

    I love your blog. Your photos are always beautiful. And, your recipes delicious. Anyway, I believe those are Tiger Tomatoes. A framer at my farmer’s market called them that.

  13. Such a wonderful salad for this time of the year! Life has been crazy busy for me lately and I”ve missed reading your blog and fabulous recipes

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