Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tomatoe Salad

Veggie Wedgie Wednesday

I LOVE tomatoes- and those are actually ours! Lucas is taking a digital photography class at camp and happened to take a picture of our tomatoes right after I watered them.

Well my father used to make this salad a lot in the summer when we were young and I came across the recipe a few weeks ago and loved it AGAIN!

Super easy and great with a loaf of Tuscan bread for dipping!

Now is the time around here to enjoy homegrown tomatoes which taste soooo good.

Although tomatoes are now available year-round, the truly wonderful qualities of tomatoes are the best when they are in season from July through September.

Heath Benefits:
In the area of food and phytonutrient research, nothing has been hotter in the last several years than studies on the lycopene in tomatoes. This carotenoid found in tomatoes (and everything made from them) has been extensively studied for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.

In contrast to many other food phytonutrients, whose effects have only been studied in animals, lycopene from tomatoes has been repeatedly studied in humans and found to be protective against a growing list of cancers. These cancers now include colorectal, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.

Another important thing to not is that studies show that broccoli and tomatoes together in a diet helped reduce prostrate cancer in lab rats.
more info here:
This website is wonderful!

Ok this recipe doesn't contain an amount of tomatoes but you can do as many as you wish and then you can make the dressing separate and use as much as you think.
When I made this at my in-laws there was so much juice that my mother-in-law add other veggies the next day and it was a great new salad!

6 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
1 Teaspoon of Garlic
1 Teaspoon of Coarse Ground Pepper
1 Teaspoon of Salt

You need to chop your tomatoes in little cubes (triangles).
You will also need a bowl for this recipe- it is not for a plate. There will be a lot of juice for your bread to soak up. YUM
Then mix in your dressing- that's it - that's why it's called tomatoe salad!

you really should use red wine vinegar and virgin olive oil- other types will not taste as good.

So you can either make the dressing in a separate shaker or just add it to your tomatoes.

And there it is- easy BUT so good

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