Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Tuna, Olives and Capers
This Mediterranean tomato salad is sunshine on a plate. With tuna, olives and capers, it is ideal for an elegant, light lunch. Serve it with a good loaf of crusty rustic bread to sop up all the delicious juices. Add a well-chilled bottle of dry Provençal rosé, and your meal is complete.
I have such fond memories of picking home-grown tomatoes as a girl. Those tomatoes — still warm from the summer sun — were so flavourful they required little, if any, seasoning. I’ve spent a lifetime chasing those flavour memories.
However, even if I never succeed in finding tomatoes quite as tasty as those we used to grow at home, we now have access to a wider variety of high-quality supermarket tomatoes than ever before. Our markets carry local tomatoes in a vast array of colours, sizes, and flavours. So, there has never been a better time to explore the vast range of tomato salads which highlight this seasonal treat.
This Mediterranean tomato salad is a bit heftier than some of the others I’ve presented on this blog. The addition of tuna makes it ideal for a light lunch or dinner on a hot day. Best of all, this salad comes together very quickly, without any cooking. So, you are free to enjoy your company, the weather, and the season’s best produce to the fullest.
About this Recipe
The best thing about local, seasonal, super-ripe tomatoes is that they pack a nutritionally dense flavour punch with limited intervention on the part of the cook. By salting the tomatoes before adding the vinaigrette ingredients, you season them and draw out some of their natural juices which ultimately form the base of the vinaigrette. This is why the recipe calls for very little lemon juice.
The fresh lemon juice serves to brighten and complement the flavours. However, do not try to make this salad with bottled lemon juice. It’s really important to use fresh lemon juice, as the more intensely acidic flavour of bottled juices are sure to throw off the balance of your salad.
When preparing tomato salad, use a flaky, natural sea salt, because the larger grains draw out the tomato juices more effectively, and there’s a significantly lower risk of over salting. Moreover, the delicious, natural flavour of the sea salt shines in simple dishes, such as this one.
I hope your family enjoys this light, delicious salad as much as mine does. Bon appétit!