herb and tomato salsa

herb and tomato salsa
Sunday lunch today was a shoulder of roast lamb marinated in a fragrant mix of middle eastern spices. I wanted a sauce to accompany the slow roasted lamb that combined the elements of traditional British mint sauce, which is typically a combination of mint, vinegar and sugar, with fresh Mediterranean flavours.

Skill level: Easy

1 x banana shallot, finely chopped
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 x garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
10 x baby plum tomatoes, chopped
half tsp sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Mix the shallot with the olive oil and vinegar. Set aside to allow the shallot to infuse the dressing with sweet onion flavour.
  2. Stir in the garlic, herbs, tomatoes and the sugar.
  3. Season to taste.


  1. Ooh, lovely! I've been making something a wee bit similar lately - tomatoes, fresh chilli, garlic, red onion, coriander - and having it on grilled bread (aka toast).

  2. I like the sound of this, I am not a fan of mint sauce, but I like the twist on this.

  3. Hey. Just wanted to say thanks for leaving that message on my blog about he who shall not be named. I doubt there's a blogger in blog land who hasn't been touched by the withered hand of that bitter old queen! Onwards and upwards!

  4. Kitchen Maid - I cannot wait until summer - I love using fresh herbs with chilli! Mmmn mmn!

    Donkey - I am totally with you on the subject of mint. I associate mint with toothpaste and mouthwash! But I am learning to love it by slowiy including it in my food!

  5. Dom - thank you so much for this. You have set my mind at rest ;)

  6. Lovely looking salsa. Great with the lamb. You are on a roll!


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