The Cookbook Challenge No. 45: Raw

This week has officially stumped me!

Up until this morning I still had no clue as to what I was going to make for this week's theme of "raw".

As mentioned previously, I love, love, love sushi, however I'm not a fan of working with raw fish myself. And with no time to get to the butcher to make some sort of carpaccio dish, I ended up picking the first thing I found that involved no cooking and took no time ...

The Mothership Tomato Salad

Cookbook:  Jamie at Home  Author:  Jamie Oliver


1kg mixed ripe tomatoes, different shapes and colours | Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper | Good pinch of dried oregano | Red wine or apple cider vinegar | Extra virgin olive oil | 1 clove of garlic, peeled and grated | 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and chopped


  1. Depending on the size of your tomatoes, slice some in half, some into quarters, and others into uneven chunks. Place into a colander and season with a good pinch of sea salt.
  2. Give them a toss, season again and give a couple more tosses. The salt won't be drawn into the tomatoes; instead it will draw any excess moisture out, concentrating all the lovely flavours. Leave the tomatoes in the colander on top of a bowl to stand for around 15 mins, then discard any juice that has come out of them.
  3. Transfer tomatoes to a large bowl and sprinkle over the oregano.
  4. Make a dressing using one part vinegar to three parts oil, the garlic and the chilli (I didn't have any fresh chilli, and used some dried chilli). Drizzle the tomatoes with enough dressing to coat everything nicely.

YUMMMM! I'm very happy with this salad, and in fact I had to put the rest away as I could have easily eaten the whole lot...delicious!

I ended up serving this salad with some fish for lunch.

Only thing that could make this better, I think, is picking the tomatoes straight from your own garden.....ho hum....maybe one day.....

Thanks Jamie!