Thursday, 2 May 2013

samphire and tomato salad

Samphire and tomato salad - a beautifully fresh and simple Summer salad with a great mixture of textures and flavours.  Works really well served with fish and chips I discovered but would go equally well with other fish dishes.  Inspired by a sunny weekend on the Kent coast in Ramsgate.

Samphire is an edible coastal vegetable - it can be foraged from coastal areas (if you know what you're doing!) but can also be bought in some supermarkets and fishmongers.  It has a fresh, salty, sea taste that can be bitter raw....taste a bit first to see if you like it and if too bitter blanch for a minute or 2 in boiling water before refreshing in cold water.  This should take the bitter edge off but still leave the lovely fresh taste.

serves 3-4 as a side salad


200g samphire (cleaned well in running cold water to get rid of any sand/grit)
200g tomatoes
2-3 spring onions
2-3 tbs olive oil
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
pepper to taste (no salt as the samphire is already salty)

  • taste your samphire to check if it too bitter for you - if it is blanch for 1-2 minutes then refresh in cold water and drain.
  • mix all your ingredients together, season with pepper to taste and it's ready to serve
  • really is that simple. 
  • would be great with fish and chips or simply cooked fish.  I hope you enjoy and let me know your thoughts....

I am also entering this recipe onto: Four Seasons Food hosted by Delicieux and Chezfoti to go with their BBQ and BBQ sides theme.  This would be great for a beach BBQ....

Four Seasons Food

I have also entered this recipe into Javelin Warrior's Made with Love Mondays over at Cookin w/ Luv



  1. Your salad is stunning. I don't live near a coast so samphire is almost impossible to source here. But I do love it and this salad would be just wonderful. Thanks for the entry into FSF! x

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comments and your brilliant food challenge. Look forward to sharing and discovering more recipes. Thanks for hosting :-)

  2. What a lovely salad. I ADORE samphire but like Anneli can't source it here! Loving the idea of serving it with fish & chips or a beach barbecue. Perfect. And thanks so much for entering it to FSF!

  3. I've never tried samphire before but this salad looks amazing! I love the contrast of colors and it's so easy to put together. Definitely a tasty summer side!

    1. Thanks - it really is a simple but tasty combination. Really good with fish and chips ;-)