Servings: Serves 4–6
Ingredients 2 pounds ripe sweet tomatoes , peeled1 tablespoon sugar1 clove garlic , finely chopped1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper3/4 teaspoon salt1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil3 tablespoons white wine vinegar1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper1 red bell pepper , finely diced1 green bell pepper , finely diced1 cucumber , peeled, seeded and finely diced1/2 red onion , finely diced
Quarter tomatoes and puree in a food processor with sugar and garlic. Strain puree through a sieve to discard seeds. Stir in basil, lemon juice, pepper and salt. Let mixture chill in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to allow flavors to develop. Freeze granita using one of the methods described below.
Whisk together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper until blended.
In a large bowl, combine the red and green bell pepper, cucumber and red onion. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
Spoon granita into the center of serving dishes and arrange the salad around each. Serve immediately.
Classic Granita Method:
Pour the granita mixture into a wide and shallow container, such as a stainless steel baking dish (the shallower the container, the quicker the granita will freeze).
Cover with a lid, foil or plastic wrap. Freeze the mixture 1 to 2 hours, until it is solid around the edges. Take the container out of the freezer and scrape the ice with a fork, mixing it from the edges into the center.
Repeat this scraping and mixing process every 30 minutes or so (at least three times) until the entire mixture has turned into small, sequined ice flakes. When ready to serve, "rake" with a fork to loosen the granita and spoon into serving dishes.
Quick Granita Method:
Note: This method is faster, but the granita will have a different texture—less icy and more slushy.
Pour the granita mixture into ice trays, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to freeze solid. Process the cubes in a food processor when you're ready to serve.