Summer Recipe: Kumato Salad

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During summer days, I like light and simple dish like salad. Last week, I made Tuna Vegetable Couscous salad. This weeks, it looks like my love for salad continues. So, 2 weeks in a row I am sharing with you guys salad recipes. I hope you will like them!

What is Kumato? Have you heard of it? What does it taste like? Is there any difference between Kumato and Tomato? I actually came across Kumato in one of the food magazines. When I first laid my eyes on this new fruit, I thought, it looks kind of special and I was intrigued by it!

Kumato is a variety of tomato. It originates from a ‘lost’ wild tomato and has been developed through ten years of cross-breeding by plant specialists Syngenta. The colour of kumato ranges from dark brown to golden green. For the first glance, it may look like unripe tomato and may not taste sweet at all. All I can say is don’t judge kumato by its appearance! This is the natural look of kumato – tomato with a tan! :-D If you wish to know more, click here.

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I bought a box of kumatoes and I can tell you that they taste sweet and they are just like the normal tomatoes! It is said that it contains higher sweetness than usual tomatoes. Kumato is widely grown in Spain, France, Belgium and Switzerland. It is ripened under optimum climatic conditions in order to achieve the highest levels of fructose.

Kumato has really firm texture and juicy. Thus, kumato is perfect for salads! I think it also gives a brand new look to normal tomato salad, what do you think? I made a real simple salad with kumato. This Asian-style komato salad is great for summer days when you want to have light lunch. It is also suitable to be served as starter!

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Kumato Salad

Ingredients:

4-5 kumato, quartered
1/4 red onion, peeled and sliced
2-4 cherry tomato
1-2 tbsp roasted unsalted peanuts

dressing:
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp lime juice
1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped

Directions:

1. For the dressing, add all the ingredients in a bowl, stir until the sugar dissolves and set aside.

2. Put the kumato, red onion and cherry tomato in a salad bowl, toss to mix. Pour in the dressings and give it a good toss.

3.Divide onto individual bowls and sprinkle some toasted unsalted peanuts before serving.