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Sicilian Tomato Salad

This recipe is thanks to my Aunty Pia who brought this stunning dish over to my house warming party.  The moment I saw it I thought, ‘What a vibrant and beautiful colored dish, I must take a photo!!’.  It is like eye candy.  And after digging in, my taste buds were not disappointed either.
Sometimes you just need a really refreshing and healthy dish to help you along your day.  This is a personal favorite ‘go-to’ dish of mine, it is very easy to prepare, minimal ingredients, and packed full of flavor.  My Aunt likes to say this is a very medicinal dish.  Tomatoes are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants.  Research shows this helps protect men from prostate cancer and possibly other types of cancer.  Tomatoes are also high in fiber and potassium, which helps conditions like constipation and diabetes and improves heart health.

This dish is a classic Sicilian dish, made mostly in the summer.  It is BEST when using fresh picked organic tomatoes (the ones in the photo are my Nonno’s home grown tomatoes).  So if you want the best taste, wait for them to be in season and go to a farmers market to pick them up, or even grow them yourself:)

Sicilian Tomato Salad

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Serves: 1-4 Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • Chopped tomatoes - (the size and amount will depend on how big or little you want your salad to be)
  • 1/2 Red Onion (sliced)
  • A few leaves of chopped Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano (get a good quality one)
  • 1/2 Avocado (optional)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil (Extra Virgin and organic!)
  • Sea Salt (or you can use exotic salts like black salt)
  • Hibiscus Flowers (optional)

Instructions

1

Chop up your tomatoes into bite sized pieces.

2

Sprinkle the mixture of spices and salt (feel free to go heavier on the oregano if you want), sliced onions, avocado (optional), and layer it in a generous amount of olive oil.

3

Let it sit for atleast 15 minutes for the salt to extract the juice from the tomatoes (I like to let mine sit in the fridge overnight, as I get more juice and flavor).

4

Eat and enjoy! The remaining liquid can be stored as a salad dressing, or traditionally dipped with sourdough bread (but I like to just drink!).

 

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