Denise says:

  • Heritage or heirloom tomatoes are picked at the pick of ripeness, which gives them greater vitamin content.
  • The rainbow colours indicate their diversity of antioxidants which help protect our cells from ageing.
  • A good heirloom tomato is botanically a fruit and can have the juiciness and sweetness of a cherry or a grape.
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time:  No cooking
  • Serves: 6 people


  • 2 shallots, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoon sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
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  • 500g heritage tomatoes or a mix of different colours and varieties – cut in 1/4ers
  • 50g caperberries 50g black olives - pitted
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 60g bag rocket


  1. Toss the shallots with the sherry vinegar and sugar in a small bowl and set aside for 10 minutes, then drain (reserve vinegar). Arrange the tomato slices on a platter and top with the shallots, caperberries and olives.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the reserved sherry vinegar with the olive oil and thyme, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Put the rocket in another large bowl and toss with a spoonful of the dressing, then arrange over the tomatoes.
  4. Drizzle over the rest of the dressing and finish with a pinch of salt and black pepper.