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Heritage Tomato and Lemon Verbena Salad

Make the most of tomato season with this gorgeous and colourful tomato salad, and it couldn't be easier to make. Heritage tomatoes (known as heirloom tomatoes in the USA) are traditional varieties that have not been hybridised and come in a wonderful array of different colours shapes and flavour. If you are unable to get lemon verbena, you could substitute with another lemon-scented herb such as lemon balm or lemon thyme.

Heritage Tomato and Lemon Verbena Salad

Dietary: Vegan | Gluten-free

Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 kilo mixed heritage tomatoes
  • small handful fresh lemon verbena leaves
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt


  1. Make the dressing by mixing the lemon juice, olive oil and a pinch of salt together in a small bowl. Taste and add more olive oil if too sour.
  2. Chop the lemon verbena, stir into the dressing and allow to stand for a few minutes for the flavour to infuse.
  3. Slice the tomatoes horizontally to show their cross sections, and place attractively on a flat serving platter.
  4. Spoon the dressing over the tomatoes and serve straight away. This salad is best eaten on the same day.

Find more inspiration for seasonal tomatoes in Rachel's September 2017 column in Vegetarian Living magazine.

Delicious food photography by Rob Wicks of Eat Pictures.

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