Black Garlic and Lime Tomatoes

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine and taken from Honey: Recipes From a Beekeeper’s Kitchen by Amy Newsome (Quadrille).

‘This salad is sweet and bright, but with deep umami flavours from the tomatoes and black garlic paste,’ says Amy Newsome, horticulturist, garden designer, beekeeper and author of new book, Honey, which allows us to look inside the hive, learn how to create a bee-friendly garden, and try delicious recipes with honey as the hero ingredient.

Serves 2 as a starter

2 Iberico tomatoes or similar
½ tsp black garlic paste
2 tbsp good olive oil
¼ tsp smoked salt
Juice of ½ lime
Dash of rice vinegar
½ tsp honey
Pinch of black lime powder
1 tsp black sesame seeds
Small handful of basil leaves, torn
1 sweet white onion, finely sliced, soaked in cold water
1 large mozzarella ball (optional)


  1. Roughly chop the tomatoes, discarding the watery seeds as you go.
  2. Add the black garlic paste, olive oil, smoked salt, lime juice, vinegar, honey and lime powder to a bowl.
  3. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan and whilst still hot, pour half the seeds into the dressing bowl and set the other aside. Whisk the sizzling sesame seeds into the dressing until emulsified.
  4. Combine the tomatoes, basil and dressing, tossing to coat, and set aside for an hour to develop the flavours.
  5. Drain the sliced onion and stir through the tomatoes, then arrange on a plate. Tear over the mozzarella, if using, and scatter with the remaining sesame seeds.

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