Few foods call up memories of summer as fresh, ripe tomatoes can. When summer is beginning to wane, tomatoes can become even more flavorful – especially heirloom tomatoes. Not to be confused with their ruddy cousins, heirloom tomatoes come in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, speckled translucent red and green and yellow striped. In the past, the seeds were passed down from generation to generation, and today heirloom tomatoes are raised with heirloom tomato seeds that are a minimum of fifty years old. As the old adage goes, some things are better with age!
Tomatoes are a healthy fruit and are actually members of the citrus family. Abundant in vitamins A, C, K, and potassium, tomatoes are super foods that also provide lycopene, a known antioxidant. In addition, this amazing fruit is low on the glycemic index and is great for diabetics.
Heirloom Tomato Salad
4-6 large Heirloom tomatoes
2 cups Italian dressing
- Core tomatoes and cut into bite-size pieces.
- Peel, de-seed and chop cucumber into small cubes.
- Combine tomatoes, cucumbers and Italian dressing in a large mixing bowl and fold gently.
- Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or until salad is chilled.
- Allow others to serve themselves, and enjoy!
Optional additions for the salad may include chopped onions, avocado, bell peppers, celery or any other crunchy vegetable to add additional texture.
So savor the last days of summer with a healthy salad that is both beautiful and filling. Healthy food preparation can be easy and fun, so keep reading our blog for more recipes in line with our Balanced Care Method™. All the recipes we’ve shared are easily adapted to individual needs and preferences, and offer a variety of tasty options.