Nothing makes a tomato salad more delicious than the flavour of fresh basil, but if you cannot get any you will have to use either fresh marjoram leaves or just parsley. This is a layered salad which should be served very cold.
Put a layer of stale breadcrumbs in a salad bowl, then a layer of finely sliced tomatoes, then a sprinkling of chopped basil and then a thin layer of chopped onion. Repeat these layers until all the ingredients are used up ending with a layer of onion. Pour over a well seasoned French dressing and chill in the fridge before serving.
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