Tomato Salad

Murcian Salad

Tomato Salad

This recipe comes from the region of Murcia, where many a tomato is grown. Murcia is one of the farming hotbeds of Spain and the acres upon acres of fields are busy with people picking freshly grown produce at set times of the year.

The tomato among them. Summer brings with it the opportunity to experiment at serving new and refreshing salads. This one is simple to prepare and will satisfy one and all.


1 large, ripe beefsteak tomato, skinned and diced
4 cloves of garlic, diced
2 tablespoons of wine vinegar
a pinch of cumin
a pinch of paprika
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1lb or 500 grams of firm tomatoes
Salt and Pepper


Crush the beefsteak tomato slices using a mortar and pestle with the cloves of garlic. Then mix in the wine vinegar, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and olive oil.

Wash, dry, halve and slice the tomatoes. Put them into a salad bowl and then pour over the tomato dressing. Mix together well, season with salt, and serve.


About Vernon

Writer, TV producer & author of a guidebook to the 100 best tapas bars in the Spanish city of Granada. He's produced food & travel programmes for UK broadcasters. He's written for newspapers and magazines in the UK and Spain. He's travelled all over Spain tasting tapas - all in the name of research, he insists.


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