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Heirloom Tomato Summer Salad

shutterstock_418883110When summer is beginning to wane, tomatoes can become more flavorful. Not to be confused with their cellophane-wrapped cousins, heirloom tomatoes come yellow, orange, and of course red.

Years ago, seeds were passed from generation to generation. Today’s heirloom tomatoes are raised with heirloom tomato seeds that are a minimum of fifty years old.

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

Serves 4

Ingredients

4-6 large Heirloom tomatoes

1 cucumber

2 cups Italian dressing

Directions

  1. Core tomatoes and cut into bite-size pieces.
  2. Peel, de-seed and chop cucumber into small cubes.
  3. Combine tomatoes, cucumbers and Italian dressing in a large mixing bowl and fold gently.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or until salad is chilled.
  5. 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.

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