You know when you discover a recipe, almost immediately make it and enjoy it so much you make it the next day again? This Tomato and Blood Orange Salad is one of those recipes. Packed with flavour, the most beautiful hues of red and a delicious tahini dressing you can use for many other salads.


I saw the recipe on the Guardian Feast’s instagram feed, the cover for the week’s issue, Ixta Belfrage’s Tomato and Blood Orange Salad with Ginger and Tahini. The recipe had a few more steps than I cared for at the time so I have simplified it while not losing out on any flavour. You may struggle to find Aleppo pepper but you can substitute with sweet paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper (if you are in Cape Town, the Oranjezicht market at the Waterfront had some a few weeks back, just ask at one of the produce counters). If blood oranges are not in season or available, any other orange or even grapefruit will work well for this salad.

Click here for a step by step video of the recipe.

In other news, I just received news that my e-cookbook, EVERYDAY TRAYBAKES, is the South Africa winner in the Digital category of the Gourmand Cookbook Awards 2022. The global awards will be announced in November 2022 in Paris.

The aim of the 18 recipes in EVERYDAY TRAYBAKES is to spark fresh cooking inspiration with new ideas and interesting flavour combinations. From Asia to the Middle East and Mediterranean, while firmly remaining within the realm of easy cooking, the book is proof that delicious, wholesome meals do not need hours of prep. The recipes range from unpretentious weeknight family dinners, spur of the moment entertaining, easy breakfasts for a crowd and modern ideas with vegetables. No book of mine will be complete with a sweet ending and there are 4 sweet baking recipes that require no special baking skills, in fact the pudding is mixed in the dish you will bake it in. Recipes include Thai Green Curry Spatchcock Chicken, Oven Baked Masala Omelette with Paneer, Salmon and Leek Traybake with Herb Dressing, No Boil Pasta Bake with Shiitake Mushrooms and Pangrattato, Sichuan Pepper Chicken and Potatoes, Rocky Road Squares and Vanilla Milk Soak Sheet Cake

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I hope you enjoy making this recipe for Tomato and Blood Orange Salad . If you’ve made it, share it with me by tagging @heinstirred on Instagram with the hashtag #heinstirred. It is always a treat to see the recipes made and enjoy. The image has been shot on the SALTED CAPER design from my range of photography backgrounds. You can view the full range by clicking here.

Tomato and Blood Orange Salad


  • 3 - 4 to matoes sliced
  • 3 - 4 blood oranges peeled & sliced
  • 40 g fresh ginger peeled & julienned
  • 3 spring onions green parts julienned
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Dressing
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Aleppo pepper
  • 1 tsp rice or wine vinegar or lime juice


  • Mix all the dressing ingredients and set aside
  • Layer the tomatoes and blood oranges
  • Drizzle with the dressing
  • Scatter the ginger and spring onions on top
  • Garnish with the sesame seeds
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