Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tomato Cilantro Summer Salad


 

Here is an easy, yet delicious summer salad recipe....

Ingredients

6 tomatoes (fresh from garden or Farmer's market are the BEST!)
1/2 cup Roasted Garlic Cheddar Cheese Curds
some chopped cilantro (however much you prefer)
2 avocados (optional)
a pinch of sea salt
a drizzle of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)



We discovered these Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese curds in a Mennonite bulk food store near us. This roasted garlic cheddar flavor is SO GOOD. All three of my kids would just like to snack on them until the container is gone. We have to hide them! They are a bit pricey.

And I L O V  E cilantro! I could just eat cilantro as if it were lettuce leaves.
I love the fresh, clean flavor and feel it adds so much to tomatoes.
 
So here we are....

 
 
 Just dice tomatoes, chop cilantro, and break the cheese curds into smaller pieces and throw together. Adding avocado is also quite delicious and a great way to sneak in another healthy food! Just thinly slice or dice your avocado too.
(In addition to cilantro, I L O V E avocado! Didn't have one on hand this day!)
Throw in a pinch of sea salt and a drizzle of EVOO and call it good!

And good it is!
 
*Additional Note: Scoop it out with tortilla chips as a chunky salsa. If you do eat it with the chips, I recommend omitting the sea salt. It could be a bit too salty along with the chips.
 
In addition to being tasty, it is very healthy. According to www.fitday.com,
 
Numerous studies have concluded that the more tomatoes people eat the lower their risks of certain cancers, especially lung, stomach and prostate cancers.  A substance called lycopene, which is responsible for tomatoes red color, is thought to be the reason for this cancer protective effect. Processed tomatoes contain even more lycopene than raw ones. The process of cooking breaks down the cell walls, helping to release the lycopene. Eating tomatoes with a little bit of fat, such as olive oil, helps lycopene to be better absorbed by the body.
 
Yay! Delicious and good for you! An added bonus - it adds a pretty pop of color to the dinner table! It's a win/win! Give it a try this summer!

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