06.29.13: an English summer salad via Hawksmoor at Home.

English Tomato Salad from Hawksmoor at Home (The Manhattan [food] Project)
English Tomato Salad from Hawksmoor at Home (The Manhattan [food] Project)
In my continuing campaign to prolong summer while it is still summer and protect us from Fall Creep, I humbly submit this salad as evidence that it’s far too soon to be wishing for pumpkin lattes and fucking sweaters. This salad is summer. It’s delicious and nourishing and it will not taste nearly as good at any other time of year as it does now, and therefore you should make it immediately. Incidentally, since today is the last Wednesday in August, it is officially La Tomatina: a festival in Buñol, Spain that is essentially a town-wide tomato fight. Most of us can’t be there in person to participate in the festivities, so why not use it instead as an excuse to splurge on some fantastic heirloom tomatoes?

English Tomato Salad from Hawksmoor at Home (The Manhattan [food] Project)
English Tomato Salad from Hawksmoor at Home (The Manhattan [food] Project)
This salad comes via Hawksmoor at Home, and in a cookbook filled with rich and savory dishes that are well-suited for the coming colder months, it’s almost a little surprising to find something so light and refreshing. (Michael has assured me, however, that this is commonly served in England as he had a less-delicious iteration during his last trip there.) We’ll be mining the rest of the book for more delicious recipes as they days get cooler, but for now, I’m going to savor this salad for as long as I possibly can.

Tomato-Cucumber Salad

slightly adapted from Hawksmoor at Home

  • 3-4 tomatoes, sliced into wedges and/or slices (whichever way you prefer)
  • 1/2 of an English cucumber, halved and sliced thinly
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and sliced into thin rings
  • 1-2 sprigs mint, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
  • Small bunch of chives, finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of a lemon
  • Sea salt

Combine everything but the salt into a bowl and toss well to coat with the lemon juice. Add sea salt to taste, toss again, and serve immediately.

(ETA: I realize this is all but a non-recipe and is, in fact, more assembly, but trust me in trying it. And it’s one less dish that requires a stovetop!)

3 Comments Add yours

  1. PinotNinja says:

    I love a good acid-spiked tomato and cucumber salad, but had never thought to add mint into the mix. This is definitely going to be my beach snack for this weekend.

  2. I applaud your efforts in holding onto summer. And – this is beautiful.

    My tomatoes are a bust this year. Or, they’re so late they won’t be ready until December. In that case, my summer will come back for Christmas. One can hope.


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