Spanish tomato salad

Spanish tomato salad

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins No cook

Skill level



Serves 4 for lunch or 6 as a starter

A tapas-friendly market salad with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, multicoloured tomatoes and an almond parsley dressing

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Gluten-free
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 1¼kg mix of tomatoes, use different varieties and colours, at room temperature
  • ½ red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1½ tsp caster sugar
  • small bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus a little extra for drizzling
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 50g toasted flaked almonds
  • 6 slices Iberico or Serrano ham
  • 75g Manchego cheese, shaved

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  1. Slice the tomatoes and arrange on a large platter with the onion. Sprinkle with a good pinch of salt and ½ tsp of the sugar. Leave to stand for 10 mins or up to 30 mins while you make the dressing.
  2. Tip the parsley, vinegar, olive oil, remaining sugar, garlic, half the almonds and a good pinch of salt into the small bowl of a food processor. Blitz to a pesto consistency, adding a dribble of water if you need to loosen it a little.
  3. Weave the slices of ham between the tomatoes and onion, creating a little height on the plate. Drizzle over the dressing, scatter with the remaining almonds and shavings of manchego. Drizzle over a little extra oil and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2013

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valor2010's picture
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Just threw this together for lunch! Well, a very loose version of it. I used what I had ie tomatoes, ham, shavings of edam cheese, parsley, oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. We ate it with some crusty bread and it was delicious. Great idea for a lunch or a starter dish even if you only use the recipe as a guide.

irenemorrill's picture
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This is a family favourite and the recipe has been passed on to many. For veggies I serve it without the jamon, it's still delicious!!! The combination of the Manchego, almonds, parsley and jamon is so Andaluz, love it!!!!

victoriacorby's picture
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The dressing is absolutely delicious but putting the ham amongst the tomato slices and dousing it in dressing ruins its texture. I'll try it again but arrange the ham over the top at the last minute.

hilaryys's picture

Also found this delicious (and an interesting contrast to the courgette, mint, ricotta and chilli salad in July 2013 BBCGF) but did assemble it more or less at the last minute (15 mins before eating) - made dressing a day in advance though, and refrigerated and it was fine.