I get really excited about tomatoes, and I'll eat them every way I can when they are in season. I often think that the best ways are the simplest. Radical farmer Joel Salatin famously said "I love the pigness of the pig." This salad lets the tomato-ness of the tomato shine through and be celebrated.


  • 6 small-ish ripe tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 10 small leaves fresh basil (If your basil has gone to flower that's great! Use the flowers, they are delicious and so pretty on a salad.)
  • 1 tbs mirin
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • a pinch of coarse sea salt

  1.  Grate the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater.
  2. Add the mirin and rice wine vinegar to the cucumber.
  3. Cut the tomatoes into eighths.
  4. Gently toss the tomatoes and basil with the cucumber dressing to fully coat.
  5. Arrange on a plate and sprinkle generously with coarse salt.


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