Parmigiano Reggiano, Tomato And Basil Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

The Only Parmesan

This seriously simple and colourful salad will go perfectly on the side of any summer dish for a healthy kick.

Whisk together lemon juice and zest, honey, olive oil, vinegar and season accordingly. Slice tomatoes, onion and basil and drizzle the dressing.

To serve, top with plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano shavings – delicious!

Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, known as 'Parmesan', is one of the world's oldest and richest cheeses - still produced today as it was nine centuries ago.  Totally natural - it's the only cheese that has such an extensive maturation which improves the nutrition, aroma and taste.

The use of raw milk and the richness of natural ingredients make this cheese a unique and superior product - It takes 16 litres of milk to produce one kilogram of cheese!  The minimum maturation time for Parmigiano Reggiano is 12 months, but only when it reaches approximately 24 months of age, is it at its best.  As well as having fantastic nutritional qualities, it's easy to digest and is high in calcium.

Parmigiano Reggiano is a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) product. PDOs are defined and protected by European Union law in order to defend the reputation of regional foods. This mark ensures that Parmigiano Reggiano can only be produced in designated areas of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna to the west of the Reno River and Mantua to the east of the Po River.

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Parmigiano Reggiano, Tomato and Basil Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a starter

200g mixed tomatoes, sliced

½ red onion, finely sliced

Handful basil, torn

15-20g shaved Parmigiano Reggiano


Zest and juice 1 lemon

1 tbsp runny honey

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp cider vinegar

Salt and pepper

Whisk together the dressing ingredients and season to taste Arrange tomatoes, onion and salad leaves on serving plates and drizzle over plenty of dressing. Top with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

Photography: Steve Lee
Recipe Editing and Food Styling: The Dialogue Agency

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