Because of my present eye problems, I did an online grocery shop at the end of last week. I just didn't feel like pushing a grocery cart through a shop with all the poor lighting etc. I don't mind shopping online . . . but this time most of my fresh items arrived with short use by dates. That I DO mind. YES I am one of those annoying people who pick the produce etc. from the back of the row where it is fresher when I am shopping!
In any case I ended up with three pots of tomatoes that were due to expire within two days of my grocery order arriving. This meant if I wanted to use them at their optimum, I needed to use them pretty much right away.
I ended up creating a Tomato and White Bean Salad, which went down a real treat! Not only was it delicious, but it was very colourful also!
And it lasted a couple of days. The dressing has a nice punch . . . using fresh lemon juice, garlic and shallots . . . also basil and parsley, and olive oil . . . for a nice mix of flavours.
With it's fresh and punchy dressing, bright colours, meatiness from the beans and sweetness from the tomatoes this was a real winner. I served it with some grilled fish and it was fabulous.
*Cherry Tomato and White Bean Salad*Serves 4
1 tsp caster sugar
1 TBS basil flakes
1 tsp dry parsley flakes
fine seasalt and freshly ground black pepper to taste1/2 pound each yellow and red cherry tomatoes, halved