This versatile vegetable salad makes a perfect healthy side for a summer barbeque meal or a fresh yet filling lunch option (top it with some poached chicken if you like). The crisp snow peas and mild earthy broccolini paired with…
If you are at risk of heart disease, you may know that low blood levels of lycopene can be linked to a higher risk of stroke and heart attack.
Studies have suggested that the risks of heart disease can be reduced by ensuring a diet high in foods that a rich in lycopene. Lycopene is a natural red carotenoid pigment that has powerful antioxidant properties and is found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons, and papayas.
Tomatoes are a great vegetable that can be easily added to many dishes such as soups, stews, casseroles and salads. They are also a great option as a simple snack eaten on their own (cherry tomatoes are a great snack option), or sliced and placed on top of a cracker with some cheese. This Caprese Salad, is a delicious way to serve up this simple yet awesome vegetable and makes a great side dish or appetizer.
- Cut the tomatoes into thin slices.
- In four medium-size salad dishes/plates, alternate the cheese slices, and tomato slices, overlapping slightly.
- Sprinkle with the basil leaves and drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Season with salt and pepper, cover and let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving.