- 4 medium roma tomatoes–1/2 inch chop (2cups)
- 2 Tbl fresh basil, minced
- 2 Tbl olive oil
- 1Tbl balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- Sea salt to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
~ Serve as an appetizer over toasted whole grain bread or crostini (thinly sliced baguette, coated with olive oil and toasted) and topping with a clove of roasted garlic.
~ As a side dish along with a salad.
~ Allowing to sit in the fridge for 20 minutes to an hour will enhance the flavor.
~ Try adding 1 tsp of Italian spice mix. Add 2tsp if fresh basil is not available. ~ Replace basil with cilantro, balsamic vinegar with lime juice and add 2Tbl diced red onion for a great salsa fresca.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked with good heart health and offers protection against various other diseases. No other food has as much of this important nutrient as the tomato. Centuries ago the French believed that tomatoes had aphrodisiac qualities and named them pommes d’amour or love-apples.
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