Recipe: Vine tomatoes with tuna & parsley oil

By House and Home 08-06-2011

The kind folk at Good Food Ireland have already shared a fruit salad recipe that's perfect for a summer dessert, so here's a nice starter for your cookbook, put together by Belle Isle Cookery School - enjoy!

Recipe: Vine tomatoes with tuna & parsley oil

Serves: 6 as a starter


  • 3 Large vine tomatoes
  • 150g/ 5 oz tuna belly, seared in oil or Dolphin-friendly tinned tuna
  • 1 tbsp. toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped chives

For the parsley oil:

  • Bunch of parsley
  • 100g/3 ½ oz walnuts, shelled and toasted
  • 200ml/7 floz sunflower oil
  • Sea salt


  1. Score each tomato lightly with a knife around the middle and place in a bowl.  Pour boiling water over the tomatoes and allow to sit for a minute or so, or until the skin starts to peel away.  Remove the tomatoes and allow to cool before removing all of the skin.
  2. Cut each tomato in half and remove the seeds.
  3. Mix the olive oil, soy sauce, garlic and vinegar together and season to taste.  Cut the tuna into small cubes or gently separate the tinned tuna pieces.  Mix with the dressing and stir in the pine nuts and herbs.
  4. Fill each half of the tomatoes with this mixture.
  5. Place the tomato halves filling-side down on serving plates.
  6. To make the parsley oil, blend all of the ingredients together in a processor.  Season to taste.
  7. Garnish the tomatoes with the parsley oil and serve all room temperature.

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