- 400g heirloom tomatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 150g quinoa
- 300ml boiling water
- 250g ricotta
- A handful of basil
- 4 flat peaches
- 1 lemon
- A large handful of rocket
1. Heat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Tip half of the tomatoes onto a baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar. Season. Roast for 20 mins till slightly charred. Leave to cool.
2. Rinse the quinoa for 1-2 mins under cold water. Tip it into a pan. Add a pinch of salt. Pour in 300ml boiling water to cover the quinoa. Cover. Simmer over a low-medium heat for 20 mins or till the water is absorbed.
3. Finely chop the basil leaves, setting aside any small leaves for garnish. Zest and juice the lemon. Add the basil, lemon zest and half the lemon juice to the ricotta and mix to combine. Season.
4. Cut the tomatoes you didn’t roast in half. In a small bowl or jug, mix together the reserved lemon juice and 1 tbsp olive oil. Stir through the quinoa.
5. Cut the peaches in half around the equator. Remove the stone. Heat a griddle or frying pan. Place the peach halves, cut side down, on to the pan. Cook for 3-5 mins till charred, then flip over and cook on the other side for 2-3 mins.
6. Spoon a third of the quinoa into a large bowl. Add a few of the roast tomatoes and a few halved tomatoes. Scatter over some of the rocket and a few dollops of the basil ricotta.
7. Keep layering up the salad till you’ve used the ingredients. Finish with a layer of tomatoes and save a few spoonfuls of the ricotta.
8. Place the griddled peaches on the top. Drizzle with the tomatoey Balsamic juices from the baking tray and garnish with any saved basil leaves.