Saturday, February 6, 2010

lamb salad with twice tomato sauce


Leftover roast lamb, a tomato, and a few salad leaves. I looked around the kitchen, wondering how I could possibly turn this into a meal. Ant is much more likely than me to turn to take-away food when the cupboards are looking bare. But I was determined. Surely there's a meal here somewhere, I thought. I had one small onion, which I sauteed with one carrot. Then I added the lamb pieces to warm them through. In the end, though, it was the sauce that turned this into a meal--a meal that felt like a real main dish.


I spread thick drops of dark red sauce generously over the warm salad. By using the one fresh tomato and a few sun-dried tomatoes, the sauce had a deep tomatoey flavour that brought the salad together.


Twice Tomato Sauce (or Dressing)
makes 1 1/2 cups

1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
4 sun-dried tomatoes, drained
1 garlic clove, minced
2 T balsamic vinegar
1/4 c chopped fresh basil (or 2 t dried basil)
1/2 t salt
1/4 c to 1/2 c (75 mL to 125 mL) water

Combine all the ingredients except the water in a food processor and puree until smooth.
Add the water, a few tablespoons at a time, until a thick, but pourable, sauce is formed.

It would be easy to make this a bit more thin for use as a more conventional salad dressing. Just add a little more water (or some olive oil) in the last step.

4 comments:

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Hullo SArah,found ya lovely delightful with really sweet pics blog thru the comment u left at learn food photography....u had me sit up at light tent...and yeah would so so love if u post about it too....wanna make one too-learn food photography also has some links to tent or rather box buliding...have to hop by here again and catch all ur elicious recipes....

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

That looks seriously tasty. I love the sound of this sauce.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

I love the sound of this sauce - it would be great on pasta/in a pasta salad!

sarah said...

Hello, Vanillastrawberryspringfields. Thanks for stopping by. I will definitely post when I make my light tent! It's made from a cardboard box, a desk lamp, and some diffusion paper.

Sarah, you should try it and let me know. Thanks for visiting. :)

Oz, you are so right! Unfortunately I already ate the rest, but I think a pasta salad would be a great idea.

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