11 August 2011

Roma Tomato and Basil Salad


Last week while at the Farmers' Market my husband asked a local vendor why tomatoes were so expensive this season. She stated that because of the copious amounts of rain in our region, that it's not good for growing tomatoes. The ones that are edible are rotting quicker. That's bad news in our home, because we basically live off the Tomato Basil Salad. Luckily, yesterday we found a market vendor selling many Roma Tomatoes for $2.00 a bunch. We jumped...so we could make this body healthy salad.

If you didn't already know, tomatoes are high in antioxidants and Lychopene. Antioxidants have been found to protect against many cancers, such as colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancers. Lychopene has the ability to protect the body from free radicals. Basil, another of God's healthy foods has 1% of the daily amount needed of Vitamin A in 1 leaf! Let's just say this recipe has more than one leaf in it. Top it off Olive Oil is added to the mixture. One of the best cooking oils around, it contains Vitamin E, Omega 3 and 6.

Here is the best part. This power salad (minus the Olive Oil which should be a pantry staple) cost less than $3 ($1.00 for a one bunch of basil-which was not even close to being all used this salad, and $2.00 for all the Roma Tomatoes I purchased 10 in all, but I only used 5 for this recipe). Always remember healthy food can be cheap, you just need to know where to look.
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Roma Tomato and Basil Salad

5 Roma Tomatoes chopped
1 bunch fresh Basil torn
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt 
Pepper

In a bowl place the chopped Roma Tomatoes. Add as many fresh torn Basil leaves as you'd like (my rule of thumb is I want to have Basil in every bit I take of my salad). Coat the Tomatoes and Basil with the Olive Oil and stir thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let mixture sit at room temperature for approximately 20-25 minutes. Serve. 

Enjoy!

-Elle


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