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For the dressing, heat the oil in a small saucepan over a medium heat and fry the mixed nuts for 2 mins until golden. Stir in the garlic, ginger and chilli flakes, and cook for 1 min more.
Remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the rice vinegar, soy sauce and sugar, stirring to combine. Leave to cool for 15 mins.
Put the tomatoes in a large bowl and add half the dressing, season with salt and pepper, then toss to coat. Set aside to marinate for at least 30 mins, or up to 1 hr.
Just before serving, tip the ricotta and lemon zest into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and whisk for 1 min, or until smooth and creamy. 5 Spread the whipped ricotta onto a large plate. Pile the marinated tomatoes on top, discarding any excess marinade. Top with the chopped chives and serve with the reserved dressing drizzled over.