Watermelon & Tomato Salad

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I had this salad prepared for a picnic the other day, and it was a full success. Try it out –  easy to do and super-delicious!

Description

Watermelons and tomatoes are a match made in heaven! Remember that this salad is only as good as the ingredients you put into it, so be sure to use organic, and if you can, local, produce!

Food as Medicine

Watermelon and tomatoes are both abundant sources of lycopene, which has been found to be protective against cancer of the prostate, breast, lung and colon.

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients

1/2         organic watermelon, peeled & cut into chunks

8             organic local tomatoes (various colors and sizes), cut up

24           mint or basil leaves

2             tablespoons red onion, sliced paper-thin

4             tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2             tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

Feta cheese, optional

Coarse sea salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Arrange the pieces of watermelon and tomato on a serving platter. Sprinkle with mint/basil leaves and red onion. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Finish with salt and pepper.

 

4 Reasons to Eat Watermelon

A summertime favorite, watermelon is more than just a refreshing afternoon snack – it has health benefits, too. Watermelon is:

  • Low in calories
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • A good source of vitamins C, A, B6 and B1
  • A good source of the carotenoid lycopene, which may help reduce the risk of prostate and other cancers

It is also versatile, lending its sweet flavor and crisp texture to everything from tomatoes to cheese. When choosing, look for a hefty, symmetrical, unblemished melon. A creamy yellow spot on the bottom indicates ripeness. Add this colorful fruit to your summer menu for a healthy way to cool off – perfect for any hot day!

 

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