It is July and there are ripe red cherry tomatoes being harvested on the farm, they are then packed and delivered across the country to your doorstep. My kids and I saw them growing first hand, in the tunnels, at the farm walk last Saturday and it truly made me appreciate how special they really are.
A simple dish like this really celebrates the cherry tomato. This recipe was shared by an Italian Nonna (granny) she said using the best ingredients is what matters most. I think she’s right. Like her I added some bicarbonate of soda to the sauce this balances the acidity in the tomatoes and really elavates the sweetness. Try it and tell us what you think!
Simple summer salads dressed in a punchy dressing tick all the boxes! These Galway grown sweet cherry tomatoes are just delicious and bursting with flavour. The kale is coarse and crunchy and the dressing is fresh, punchy (from the garlic), vibrant and invigorating! #feelthegoodnesss
This is a gorgeous salad to eat solo or add a warm savoury pastry or some sourdough bread and cheese to make it a main meal.
To make the dressing measure the cashews into a bowl and cover with boiling water, set aside to soften for 15 minutes.
To a blender add the finely chopped kale, basil, chopped garlic, lemon juice, water, oil, salt, pepper.
Drain the cashews and add them to the blender too.
Blend until you have a vivid green dressing.
Taste the dressing, it will be punchy and zingy from the garlic. Add more salt, pepper or lemon juice if it needs it.
When you’re happy with it, add it to a bowl or jug.
To make the salad begin by rehydrating the raisins. Add them to a small bowl and cover with boiling water, set aside to soften.
Next, chop the kale into small pieces and add to a mixing bowl. Drizzle over a small amount of oil, add salt and pepper and massage (give it a good squeeze) to soften the leaves, this makes it easier to eat.
Quarter the tomatoes and add them to a bowl, drizzle a small bit of oil over them, add a small pinch of salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Drain the can of cannellini beans and the raisins.
To assemble, add the kale to a large serving plate, scatter over the tomatoes, beans, raisins and dollop the dressing on top.