This Tomato Salad with a Wild Garlic Vinaigrette is so simple, yet so super delicious. We made a version of this on my birthday weekend and it was an absolute treat. You would never suspect that it only contains a few ingredients – the tomatoes and wild garlic simply pair so well 😍.
Now is the time for spring flavors, lighter nights, and a start in your harvesting activity (if you are into that). Wild garlic is one of the first signs of the new season in terms of harvesting. If you have never heard the word before, scientifically, wild garlic is known as ramsons, but it also goes by bear’s garlic, buckrams, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek, and gipsy onions.
I swear the tanginess of the vinaigrette pairs so well with the tomatoes. Also, as a side note. There is a lot more vinaigrette left than is shown in these photos, I also wanted to show off the rest of the colors and not just the gorgeous vinaigrette!
Why Is This Tomato Salad with Wild Garlic Vinaigrette Good For You?
Wild garlic is a wild relative of chives. It is a member of the allium family and therefore also closely related to garlic, leeks, and onions. You mainly find wild garlic in damp, wooded areas in Northern Europe and Asia. The flowers of wild garlic are either light yellow or white. They tend to carry 2 – 3 leaves each, which are pointed and bright green. These leaves omit a very strong garlicky smell when being crushed. Wild garlic is usually in season in April, so right about now if you would like to go and harvest some!! Wild garlic’s health benefits are similar to those of garlic, which makes it a potent superfood. It contains vitamins A, C, calcium, iron, phosphorous, sodium, and copper.
Wild garlic contains antioxidants that neutralizes free radical activity and oxidative stress within the body. This is obviously never a bad thing and means that you are protecting yourself against a whole range of Western diseases. Garlic is also known to have a super soothing effect on your blood pressure. The less pressure your heart needs to apply to pump your blood through your veins, the better for your overall heart health. Wild garlic has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels, which is an additional bonus for your heart. The antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds in wild garlic may help to rebalance your digestive tract adding to a good gut-microbiome and thereby calming inflammation, bloating, cramping, and other forms of stomach upsets.
How can I adjust this Tomato Salad with Wild Garlic Vinaigrette recipe to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is completely whole food based, which makes it gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, nut-free, and paleo-friendly.
Similar Recipes on the Blog
There are a bunch of delicious spring recipes on the blog! Be sure to also check out the following:
- Easy Vegan Wild Garlic Pesto
- Courgette Fritters
- Frankfurt Green Sauce (vegan)
- Lemon Tomato Soup
- Italian Anti Pasti Salad
And there you have it for this week 😍. I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe and invite a touch of spring with it. As always, I would love to hear what you think. Let me know in the comments below and/or by rating the recipe. I cannot wait to hear from you. Happy salad-making!