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Simple Salad Dressing

A simple salad with just a couple of ingredients. Easy and delicious with a salad dressing made with lemon-infused olive oil.

Simple salad with tomatoes and onions

Simple Salad

Having been kindly sent a bottle from Italia Regina; an online Italian food company that sources quality ingredients from Italy and delivers them to your door here in the UK, I wondered what I should make.

Dishes such as lemon linguine, or how about drizzling over couscous or bulgur wheat; or even to make a lemon polenta olive oil cake?

I was sent both the Lemon-infused Olive Oil from Marchesi along with a bottle of Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Vinegar. Italia Regina's delivery service was excellent with the items very well packaged.

I love the bottles so much so I really didn't want to open them, but of course, I had to in order to try them!

Since I had some lovely tomatoes in my fridge waiting to be used and I wondered if lemon oil and tomatoes would work.

Yes, I realise it may be a little surprising but it actually worked well in a Lemon Caper dressing for my simple Tomato and Onion salad.

Italian Balsamic and Lemon Olive Oil

Lemon-infused Olive Oil from Marchesi

Well now, this is so, so good and at €6.60 a bottle (around £5.70) it's good value for money. You really don't need a lot of it. Lovely lemony flavour but it's not too strong, just right.

Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Vinegar

I think this balsamic vinegar is of excellent quality, we all know you can pay silly prices for good balsamic vinegar and it's true you really can tell the difference between a pricey balsamic.

But I'd say Giuseppe Giusti is a great price at €12.00 (around £10.50) it is thick in consistency and totally delicious.

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Author: Jan Bennett
Simple Salad Dressing

Simple Salad Dressing

Delicious tomato and onion salad with a simple salad dressing.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • a handful of mixed baby tomatoes - cut in half
  • half a red onion - very thinly sliced
  • freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley - leave only
  • 2 tablespoons of Lemon-infused Olive Oil from Marchesi
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • a few capers - taken from a jar and rinsed well whether they are in brine or salt you need to rinse them then dry on kitchen paper.


  1. Put the prepared tomatoes and onions in a bowl. Mix together the olive oil, capers, sea salt and black pepper.
  2. Pour over the tomatoes and onions then cover with cling film and put into the fridge for at least 30 minutes; this will enable the flavours to develop.
  3. Remove from the fridge 15 minutes before serving to come to room temperature.
  4. At the last minute add the chopped parsley and give it a stir.
  5. Serve with fresh crusty bread or as a side to grilled chicken, fish or a nice steak.
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