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Tomato and Grape Tartine for an easy lunchtime getaway

Sourdough toast, tomato salad, quick and easy lunch
Ripe heirloom tomatoes

Here’s an idea for a quick lunch when you’re at home, but want to feel like you’re on holiday. Ripe tomatoes and sweet grapes, salty cheese and a little crunch from lightly toasted sourdough bread. Add a little glass of something sparkling and a minute to enjoy the light streaming through the window and you could be at home, or you could be on holiday somewhere else entirely…

Tomato and grape toast with ricotta salata and mint

Tomato and grape tartine for an easy lunch

Here is an idea for you to try and take where you will. Loosely inspired by pan con tomate or bruschetta, and by all my tomatoes which are finally ripening, I threw together a quick salad, piled on a piece of toasted sourdough and added a few little extras to make it extra good.

This little lunch plate helps me almost imagine I’m in Provence or on the Italian Riviera… rather than sitting at my desk on any given weekday. The combo of juicy tomatoes, zingy red wine vinegar and sweetness from the grapes alongside the crunch of toasted sourdough bread, and a little saltiness from the cheese plus freshness from the mint makes a very quick lunch very satisfying and, if you close your eyes and get a little fanciful, can transport you away from your home or your desk even if just for a moment.

I love vinegary things, so 3 – 4 teaspoons of red wine vinegar to dress the tomatoes along with the olive oil and salt and balanced by the sweet grapes is just right for me! But, feel free to take it easier with the vinegar, adding a teaspoon at a time and tasting the salad until it tastes just right for you. We have different vinegar tolerances in our house, so make it how you like it. Ricotta salata offers both bite and saltiness, which I like, but some creamy feta or a few cubes of avocado sprinkled over the top would be a delicious alternative.

A loaf of sourdough bread, a bowl of tomatoes and grapes, ricotta salata, tomato salad

Tomato and Grape Tartine –
A quick, light and satisfying lunch for one.

One slice of less than fresh bread, lightly toasted
A large handful of cherry tomatoes or two of the best ripe tomatoes you can find, roughly chopped
4 or 5 red grapes, sliced in half
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 – 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar 
Sprinkle of salt flakes
A few mint leaves, torn
Ricotta salata or other hard, salty sheep milk cheese, or feta, crumbled to serve

Lightly toast the bread to make it a little crunchy, but not too crisp.

Roughly chop the tomatoes and grapes and toss in a small bowl with the olive oil, vinegar and a little sprinkle of salt. Taste as you go!

Heap the salad on top of the toasted bread and top with a few torn mint leaves and a crumble of cheese. Drizzle over a tablespoon or so of the dressing, and finish with a little sprinkle more salt.

Tomato and Grape Bruschetta with mint and cheese

For another fast and tasty lunch idea try this quick and easy frittata. Quick and tasty is where it’s at.

Tomato and Grape Tartine

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Lunch Mediterranean
By Amber Rossouw Serves: 1
Prep Time: 5 - 10 minutes Cooking Time: 2 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes

A quick and easy lunch that's super tasty and tastes like a holiday.

Ingredients

  • One slice of less than fresh bread, lightly toasted
  • A large handful of cherry tomatoes or two of the best ripe tomatoes you can find, roughly chopped
  • 4 or 5 red grapes, sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 - 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar 
  • Sprinkle of salt flakes
  • A few mint leaves, torn
  • Ricotta salata or other hard, salty sheep milk cheese, or feta, crumbled to serve

Instructions

1

Lightly toast the bread to make it a little crunchy, but not too crisp.

2

Roughly chop the tomatoes and grapes and toss in a small bowl with the olive oil, vinegar and a little sprinkle of salt. Taste as you go!

3

Heap the salad on top of the toasted bread and top with a few torn mint leaves and a crumble of cheese. Drizzle over a tablespoon or so of the dressing, and finish with a little sprinkle more salt.

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