Who said tasty food cannot be healthy? Here is an exception- Tomato Salad with a Hint of Garlic. This salad tastes best with ripe and sweet tomatoes. Thus, try to make it during the time when it is the season for tomatoes. The best thing about this salad is that it looks very colorful on the platter. Hence, it can definitely be called an appetite enhancer. You can make this salad in a jiffy with a few but extremely healthy ingredients.
Here Is Recipe Of Healthy And Tasty Tomato Salad With A Hint Of Garlic
Type of Dish: Starter/ Side Dish
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 (starter), 2 (side dish)
Cherry tomatoes (red and yellow)- 2 cups, cut into halves
Italian tomatoes- 6 small or 4 large, cut into slices
Lettuce leaf- 1 large, torn it to make smaller pieces
Fresh basil leaves- 16 nos.
Pumpkin seeds- 2 tablespoons, toasted
Sunflower seeds- 2 tablespoons, toasted
To Make Garlic Vinaigrette
Garlic- 1 small clove, chopped finely
Red wine vinegar- 1 ½ teaspoons
Extra virgin olive oil- 2 tablespoons
Pepper- to taste
Whisk vinegar, garlic pepper and oil to prepare the garlic vinaigrette in a mixing bowl. Keep aside.
Arrange the lettuce leaves as a layer on 4 small plates or on a serving plate.
Add sliced Italian tomatoes first and then put cherry tomatoes on top.
Drizzle the vinaigrette on the salad.
Scatter the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and basil leaves on the salad.
Try This Variation
Sugar snap peas: 250 grams, trimmed
Green onion: 6 nos., thinly sliced
Fresh mint- 4 tablespoons, chopped
Fresh tarragon- 1 tablespoon, chopped (optional)
Fresh parsley- 1 tablespoon, chopped (optional)
Steam sugar snap peas for 3 minutes or until tender. Ensure that they are crisp. Run them under cold water and thereafter cool the peas.
Mix cherry tomatoes, peas and green onions together.
Drizzle vinaigrette over the mixture.
Add chopped mint or fresh parsley and tarragon to the salad and mix well.
Tomatoes contain high amount of vitamin C in its semi-liquid substance surrounding the seeds. It is an essential nutrient to maintain healthy skin and to enhance immunity. This tasty yet healthy salad is probably the best alternative for weight watchers who are bored of eating the same kind of salad everyday.