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)
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
- ...it 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....