Liven up wild rocket (or arugula) leaves with cherry tomatoes, strawberries, asparagus and basil. Top with fresh parmesan shavings for a deliciously healthy salad.

cherry tomato strawberry rocket salad

When Mum came to visit recently, she left an enticing pile of magazines from the UK.  It’s a real treat to read magazines in English every so often – even if I no longer recognise some faces that go with the gossip – is that what happens after being in France for so long? Flicking through the YOU Magazine, this inspiring salad of tomatoes with strawberries by Lucas Hollweg had been earmarked by Mum – I think it was something I was supposed to make when she was over. Sorry, Mum.  I’m a bit late but voilà, here it is for you to make it!

Miniature Basil or Spicy Globe Basil Leaves for Salad

I discovered this “Spicy Globe” basil plant a few years’ ago.  The leaves are so small that there’s no need to chop them up for cooking.  They are also particularly powerful and, when added to a salad like this one, it adds a touch of peppery spice to it. Speaking of peppery spice, the rocket leaves (or arugula for American friends) balance out the sweetness of the strawberries.

spicy globe basil

Spicy Globe Basil

Perfect on a sizzling summer day, this is sheer bliss with a glass of chilled rosé, a soft-on-the-inside and freckled, crusty-on-the-outside French baguette. The textures and flavours are so refreshing with the fruity and savoury combination. If you have some asparagus, toss in a few pre-cooked asparagus spears (7 mins in boiling water).

Also – why not accompany this salad with garden herb macarons from my first book, Mad About Macarons?

cherry tomato strawberry rocket salad

Cherry Tomato Strawberry & Rocket Salad


Cherry Tomato, Strawberry and Rocket (Arugula) Salad

Author: Jill Colonna
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course : Appetizer, Starter, Light Lunch
Cuisine : French, British
Keyword : rocket salad ideas, sweet and savoury salads, French rocket salad recipe, tomato rocket salad, wild rocket salad
Servings : 4 people


Liven up wild rocket (or arugula) leaves with cherry tomatoes, strawberries, asparagus and basil. Top with fresh parmesan shavings for a deliciously healthy salad.


  • 6 asparagus spears
  • 300 g (11oz) cherry tomatoes halved
  • 200 g (7oz) wild rocket (arugula) leaves
  • 100 g (3.5oz) strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 1 tbsp basil leaves chopped or whole small leaves
  • 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar dark or white
  • 100 g (3.5oz) block of Reggiano parmesan grated into large shavings
  • few wild strawberries optional


  • Trim the pedoncules off the asparagus, if using. Cook in salted boiling water for 7 minutes then plunge into iced cold water. Dry and set aside.
  • Mix together the olive oil with balsamic, season and toss all the ingredients together gently and serve immediately.


Please try to use fresh, organic produce if possible to bring out the natural flavours of the quality ingredients.

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Comments (12)

We have strawberries coming up fresh very soon from the local farms. We will be trying this salad for certain. I have amethyst basil growing on the porch. I wonder how it would be in this lovely salad?

My goodness, Betty, this will be fabulous with your amethyst basil. Wish I could see your garden – how lovely to have some since it’s one of my favourite varieties and so dense and colourful. Any fresh basil will be great with this but yours will come out tops. For your teeny teas, though, don’t forget the dwarf basil!

I will definitely make this salad now that the first Scottish strawberries are in selected shops. It looks delicious.

Glad you finally saw this post, Mum!

My aunt lived in England for most of her life, so when she moved to the States she made a pact with her daughter that she would send her every issue of YOU and Hello magazines. 🙂

Love this summer salad… especially the addition of strawberries! 🙂

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