This salad is loaded with freshly harvested tomatoes from our garden and spiked with shiso, super fragrant with citrus notes.
This summer my vegetable/fruit garden grew very well, since we had to stay home, I spent a lot of time in the backyard, watering, trimming and “talking” to the plants.
I have never had tomato bushes reaching the roof, herbs grew so large that resemble little trees, and fruit trees/vines were exceptionally fruitful…
Somehow when you make food with your harvest, they taste special. Today, I am sharing a very simple and yet refreshing salad using tomatoes and shiso leaves from my garden. Shiso leaves pair very well in salad especially when citrus flavors are added…in this recipe I used ponzu which is a citrus seasoned light soy sauce.
– Have you ever heard of shiso?
Shiso is very popular in Japanese cuisine paired with uni (sea urchin), sashimi, sushi, in salad or as a wrap. Moreover, shiso can be used in stew as well.
– How does shiso leave taste?
I found that shiso is like cilantro for many people, either you love it or you hate it…shiso has a pretty strong flavor, it is minty with hints of cinnamon, citrus, basil, cilantro and other flavors…very hard to describe. Once you had it you will never forget its flavors and fragrant.
– Is it hard to grow shiso herb?
Not at all, they are pretty much self-seed, and come back every year. The plant like sun, at least half of the day and does not require any special treatment. You can grow from cutting too, by placing in water until the roots come out and plant in well-drained soil after.
– Are there more varieties of shiso?
Yes, green and red, both are very similar in flavor, although the red ones seems to have a stronger flavor as compared to the green ones.
– Are you ready to try this recipe?
- Shiso leaves
- Ponzu sauce
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil
Slice tomatoes and cucumber, about ½ inch and place in a bowl. Add the cubed avocado and mix gently.
Wash the shiso leaves, dry and cut into small strips (julienned), and set aside.
In the bowl drizzle ponzu sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
Toss in the salad mix the julienned shiso leaves.
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Did you know that shiso leave has anti-inflammatory properties? Moreover, shiso contain antioxidant and anti-allergy properties as well. Shiso leaves are rich in calcium, iron and vitamin A.
I was first introduced to shiso while watching the Australian MasterChef series- it’s readily sold at the Adelaide market, but I’ve never seen it here in San Diego. I’ve got all the ingredients for your salad dressing, including the ponzu sauce, so I’ll keep that in mind for a refreshing alternative!
I really do not see shiso in the market…but they grow very well here in Southern California.
How amazing such beautiful tomatoes that look so fresh. Although I have never had shiso and must look to get some just to try the flavour.
Thanks Merryn! Nothingn like fresh tomatoes…
Juliana, this salad looks wonderful and so does your garden! I love shiso and used to grab the shiso leaves used as garnish off the sushi platters. I love a spicy tuna roll with shiso in it as well. I used to grow it when we lived in the US, but it doesn’t like the climate here. I’ve also never seen it in our Asian market. Do you think Shiso Fumi Furikake would be a substitute for fresh shiso in your garden tomato and shiso salad?
Thanks Ron…you can use the Furikake…maybe add less ponzu since Furikake is kind of salty.
We have WAY too many tomatoes and your salad looks like a delicious way to use up a few of them! I’ve never heard o shiso, but I’d love to try it!!
Thanks Liz…nothing like fresh tomatoes.
This salad looks so fresh and delicious!
lovely salad juliana. Are shiso leaves the same as perilla leaves? I have seen them at one supermarket here but never tried them.
Thanks Nammi, and yes, they are also called Perilla.
I have never had shiso leaves before, Julianna, but the way you describe it, I am sure it pairs beautifully with fresh cherry tomatoes. This seems like such a refreshing light summer meal or a side salad. Delicious!
It is a delicious combination…shiso and tomatoes…Thanks Katerina!
I don’t think I’ve had Shisho before, but I’d like to try it! This salad looks delicious.
Thanks Amy…I am sure you will like shiso flavor.
Your garden looks so great! I had no luck with tomatoes this year. I have grown shiso before and will have to plant it again. Love this salad!
Thanks Lisa…I hope you get to grow shiso again…
This salad recipe is great. Fresh tomatoes and Cucumbers are a great team heavenly matched. Loved the idea of adding Shiso leaves. Refreshing!
Thanks Hasin…indeed, nothing like freshly harvest tomatoes…
I love cilantro so I am guessing I would also like shiso herb. Thanks for sharing your helpful tips on how to grow it!
Thanks Heidi…I am sure you love the shiso too…
There is nothing better than a salad of fresh tomatoes that have just been picked. It looks like you have had a very bountiful season in your garden.
Indeed, nothing like fresh tomatoes…
Wow! Your garden is doing amazing. you have a green thumb Juliana. Look at the sizze of that Shisho plant. My goodness. We love shisho leaves and use them often in bento boxes and in making rolls. Will have to try it next it salads. Wishing you a super week ahead.
Thanks Bobbi…yes, shiso is delicious and so fragrant in salad…give it a try!
Wow you grow your own vegetables too! I would love to see more of that garden. Fresh from the garden ingredients are always the best
Yes, cannot get fresher Raymund!
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What a fabulous garden you have and how wonderful to grow your own vegetables for salads. I am not familiar with shiso but it sounds interesting and the salad looks very appealing. thanks
Thanks Judee…it is a lot of fun growing vegetables.
What a simple and refreshing salad! I love all types of tomato salads with cilantro, mint, basil, and for sure I am going to love it with shiso. Didn’t know about these leaves before but will check in some Asian stores.
Thanks Balvinder…I am sure you will like shiso.
I love tomato salad! Your tomato plants look so cute!
This looks delicious and perfect for using up summer produce! I had to look up shiso and may try to grow some next year. We grow lemon balm which is another mint relative that I started one year to add lemon flavor when lemons were hard to find.
Thanks Inger…I am sure that lemon balm will taste great in salad too.
OMG love your garden Juliana, I wish I had a green thumb like you. The salad looks so elegant and simple
Shisho is new to me, sounds good and different! The salad looks really delicious, filled with good flavors! Your “green thumb” did a great job as your tomatoes and all look perfect. Thanks for the nice post, Juliana!
Thanks Pam, I hope you get to try shiso.
Don’t think I know shiso — sounds interesting. And it sounds like it’d pair perfectly with this salad. Really good looking – thanks.
Indeed John, shiso add a nice aroma to the salad.
wow your tomato plants are looking so good! I bet the salad tastes just as amazing.
Thanks Angie…the fresh tomatoes are really amazing.