Vitamin-packed salad makes for easy pickings

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 July, 2011, 12:00am


If you are looking to keep a meal light, and even if you regularly enjoy munching a salad, the idea of a meal consisting mostly of tomatoes might raise a sceptical eyebrow.

This one genuinely has a wow factor, though. It's all about the quality of the ingredients used - selecting the best tomatoes is key, as they are the star of this dish. Tomatoes are a nutritious package: they are a good source of vitamin A and C, and they also have decent fibre. They also contain lycopene, which supplies the red pigment and also serves as a powerful antioxidant.

Ceviche is normally raw seafood marinated in seasoned lemon or lime juice. Here, tomatoes sit in the zesty, vitamin C-rich marinade to absorb the citrus juices. Combined with fragrant basil (loaded with vitamins A and C), crunchy toasted sesame seeds (vitamin B1 and lots of good minerals) and a bit of mozzarella, it becomes a very tasty, wholesome dish.

Vicky Cheng - executive chef at Liberty Exchange Kitchen, where this ceviche is on the menu - says it's not only top-tier supermarkets and organic produce suppliers that stock quality tomato varieties. You can find them in wet markets, too.

Heirloom tomato ceviche

Serves 4-6

Ready in 20 minutes

For the marinade

1 cup yuzu juice (or lime juice)

1/2 cup orange juice

2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp fresh, cracked black pepper

For the tomato salad

500g ripe heirloom tomatoes, sliced

2-4 balls buffalo mozzarella, wedged

1 small bunch fresh basil

1 orange, segments peeled

1/4-1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds

For the vinaigrette dressing

1/2 cup good-quality Japanese soy sauce

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1 cup olive oil

Whisk marinade ingredients in a bowl. Marinate tomatoes for at least 15 minutes. Combine with rest of the salad ingredients. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle over salad and serve.