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Confit Tomato Salad with Ricotta & Balsamic


  • 3 x 250g packs cocktail cherry truss vine tomatoes
  • 2 cups Squeaky Gate Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or enough to just cover the tomatoes
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 eschalots, peeled, sliced into rings
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 250g fresh ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup basil leaves to serve

Balsamic Dressing

  • ½ cup Squeaky Gate Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • sourdough bread to serve


Recipe by – Courtney Roulston

Heat a hooded BBQ to a medium heat. Place the tomatoes on their vines into a small heat proof tray with high sides – you want them to fit in snug so they can easily be covered with oil. Add in the shallots, garlic, thyme and a pinch of sea salt.

Place the tomatoes into the BBQ and leave to gently cook for 50 minutes – 1 hour, or until the tomatoes are starting to blister, but still holding their shape and the garlic and shallots are soft.

To serve, carefully place the tomatoes onto a serving platter along with the garlic, onions and thyme. Crumble over chunks of the ricotta cheese and then spoon over a generous amount of the tomato oil. Season with salt and pepper then generously scatter with the balsamic dressing and basil leaves. Serve with bread for mopping up the juices.

*Any leftover tomato oil can be used on pastas, soups, dips or salads.

Serves – 4 as a side

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