Tomato and lovage salad'“Â recipe
Lawrence Murphy of Fat Olives show how a little bit of lovage goes a long way
The lovage plant is a perennial herbÂ and has closeÂ associations with celery and parsley.
The leaves areÂ flavoured with such pungency thatÂ a small amount goes a long way in salads and dressings.
You can eat the stems lightly cookedÂ and the roots as a vegetable. Even the seeds are tasty in breads and biscuits.
The versatility of this plant is quite amazing, it pairs with chicken and fish, isÂ fantastic in salads and new potatoes, yet it is quite difficult to get hold of.
Tuppenny Barn supply me with it in the summer but it'sÂ quiteÂ inexpensive to buy online.
This simple salad of tomatoes is taken toÂ another level with this smashing herby plant.
4 large plum tomatoes
Small bunch lovage
2 shallots finely chopped
Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 courgette diced
1. Cook the chopped shallots in a little olive oil on a low heat for three minutes and then add theÂ balsamic vinegar. Cook for another minute and allow to cool. Add a pinch of sea salt.
2. Pick the leaves of the lovage, keep a few to one side and then liquidise the rest in some oliveÂ oil.
3. Finely slice the tomatoes and arrange on plates.
4. Sprinkle round the chopped courgette and cooked shallots.
5. Spoon the lovage puree around.
6. Finely cut the remaining leaf and add to the top of the tomatoes.