Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad

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Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad ~ this Yotam Ottolenghi recipe was on the cover of  Bon Appétit this month. I knew I wanted to make it on first sight!

Tomato Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad

I’m such a huge Ottolenghi fan, 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

I used a variety of small heirloom tomatoes for this healthy colorful salad

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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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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Tomato Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad 8
4.41 from 5 votes

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad ~ this Yotam Ottolenghi recipe was on the cover of  Bon Appétit this month.  I knew I wanted to make it on first sight!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Author Sue Moran


  • 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


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Wash the lemon well, and then cut it in half lengthwise. Slice it in very thin slices, and remove all the seeds.
  • 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.
  • Whisk together the dressing.
  • 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!

Cook's notes

recipe slightly adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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    plasterer bristol
    June 8, 2015 at 1:54 am

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


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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 13, 2014 at 9:45 am

    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 🙂

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    Russell from Chasing Delicious
    August 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    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!

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      August 13, 2014 at 6:52 am

      Thanks Russell 🙂

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    August 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

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

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      August 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      It’s torture, isn’t it? That’s why I count on the farmer’s market!

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    August 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

    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!

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    August 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

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

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    August 12, 2014 at 6:48 am

    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

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    August 12, 2014 at 4:30 am

    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.

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    Kim - Liv Life
    August 12, 2014 at 12:09 am

    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!

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      August 12, 2014 at 7:07 am

      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!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    August 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm

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

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    August 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    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!

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      August 11, 2014 at 6:24 pm

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

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    August 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    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.

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      August 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Oh that’s what she told me, thanks so much Mindi! It makes sense, they have those beautiful striations in them.

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    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti
    August 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    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

    • Reply
      August 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      I’m so glad you made your way back, thanks Pat!

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