This isn’t so much a recipe as a combination of flavors and textures that works really well together. I regularly adapt it to suit the rest of the meal or whatever I have in the kitchen.
One note on the feta: consider getting the block and crumbling by hand over the salad and then tossing with your hands. It is messy, but it is gentler on the tomatoes, distributes the components more evenly and gets a little love into the dish. Also, the pre-crumbled feta doesn’t taste as good and has unnecessary ingredients to keep the crumbles dry and separated. I am all for convenience and am happy to pay for it, but pre-crumbling my cheese for me isn’t exactly putting more hours in my day.
Toss together and leave to marinate and marry for 20-30 minutes. Toss again and serve.
Cut good quality crusty bread into small cubes. Toss with olive oil, smashed garlic and salt. Bake in a hot oven for a few minutes until beginning to turn toasty brown. Don’t walk away — no one likes burned croutons and they go from golden to brown/black in the time it takes to find the remote control. Remove from oven and allow to cool and become crunchy. Mix into salad before the marinating stage so that the croutons soak up the tomato juices and olive oil.
Other variations (or how to make the same salad every single night without annoying your family):
Add roughly chopped arugula
Drizzle good quality balsamic on the salad
Add diced cucumbers, corn or avocado
Put leftovers in the blender and blitz into a creamy gazpacho