Rustic tomato salad with whipped feta

Makes 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 600 g mixed cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped preserved lemon rind
  • ½ clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • ¼ cup shredded mint
  • ¼ cup baby basil leaves
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 4 large slices sourdough bread, toasted
  • Whipped feta
  • 175 g soft feta
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, extra

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut a slit in the side of each tomato and squeeze to release the juice and seeds. Place the tomatoes, preserved lemon, garlic, lemon juice, sugar and oil in a glass or ceramic bowl and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes to marinate.
  2. To make the whipped feta, place the cheese in a small food processor and process until smooth. Add the cream, lemon rind and juice and process until thick and just combined. Set aside.
  3. Add the mint, basil, salt and pepper to the tomatoes and stir to combine. Divide the sourdough among the plates and spoon over the tomato mixture. Serve with the whipped feta and drizzle with oil.
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