I love tomatoes. A perfect tomato is juicy, bright, and sweet. There is no better time than summer to enjoy this Fresh Tomato & Cucumber Salad!
With some red onion for good measure, this salad is sweet, salty, crunchy, and oh so flavorful.
Cool, light cucumbers. Juicy, sweet tomatoes. Zesty red onion. And the ingredient I think brings it all together: Italian flat-leaf parsley. Oh, my heart. All brought together with delightful swirl of extra virgin olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar, and a dash of sea salt.
Tomatoes can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers and support bone health, thanks to the abundance of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. They have Vitamins A and C, potassium and iron. Eating tomatoes with a fat, such as olive oil or avocado, increases the absorption of nutrients anywhere from two to 15 times.
Cucumbers are full of water, meaning they contribute to your daily h2O needs! Chow down for more benefits like anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting agents, lignans and cucurbitacins.
The abilities of red onion almost seem endless. They help the body detox naturally due to their high sulfur content. Quercetin is an anti-inflammatory substance that plays a role in removing overabundance of estrogen from the body, which is seen in cancers of the uterus, breast, ovaries, and prostate.
Parsley, an aromatic herb, squeezes a ton of health benefits in those tiny leaves. Parsley is anti-inflammatory, slows tumor growth, can relieve bloating, is antibacterial, antifungal and more.
Fresh Tomato & Cucumber Salad – Girlinhealing.com
- 3 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled & diced
- 1/4 red onion, diced
- 1 TBS Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped finely
- 1 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Add all of the diced ingredients into a medium-sized bowl.
- Add the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt. Toss to coat everything.
My family (there’s 5 of us) can easily polish this salad off during dinner. I like making two so I can add it to my meals for a few days (hopefully, if it lasts that long).
Besides eating it as-is for a side, you can top chicken with it or dip crackers, plantain chips, or non-gmo tortilla chips and eat as a chunky salsa.
This is bound to be enjoyed by whoever you serve it to. It’s light refreshing, and full of color and nutrients. What’s just as important is what isn’t in there. No gluten, grains, sugar, or dairy.
What’s your favorite ingredient in this salad? Mine is a tie between tomatoes and parsley… But, my heart sings for EVOO, too. 🙂