Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Sunny Tomato Salad GF SCD

The fruit and vegetables in our local stores are very ordinary so it was a lovely surprise to visit a store a bit further afield and discover a huge selection. I bought a few items I wouldn't normally see when I'm out shopping. I believe that this store is quite special for its range.
The selection of tomatoes was huge! They even sold Heirloom tomatoes, I've only ever seen those in pictures before. No, I haven't led a sheltered life, I just live in the North of England!

Tomatoes, are they good for you or not? A member of the nightshade family, some say tomatoes contain solanine, a chemical and naturally occurring poison produced by the plant to protect it from bacteria. However, following many years of research, Dr Mendel Friedman believes that they contain tomatine a different alkaloid. So if you don't do well on nightshades maybe you should give them a miss but they do contain a huge amount of healthy nutrients.

So what are the health benefits of tomatoes? They are a very good source of :
  • lycopene
  • zeaxanthin
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Potassium
and contain moderate amounts of the following : 
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin E
  • Folate
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus

Sunny Tomato Salad GF SCD

3 large yellow tomatoes
3 large red tomatoes
handful of fresh basil leaves
3 tblsps pine nuts
freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil

Gently heat a frying pan and pour the pine nuts in. Turn the heat up to a medium heat and toast the pine nuts. This only takes about a minute.

Tip into a bowl and leave on one side to cool.

Thinly slice the tomatoes.

Remove the hard core.

Wash the basil leaves and dry on some kitchen towel or a cloth.

Tear them into pieces. Put a layer of tomatoes in the bottom of a bowl and sprinkle with some of the torn leaves.

After a couple of layers season with a little black pepper and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil.  I only used about one and a half tablespoons in the whole salad but you can decide how much you like. Continue to layer the fruit and leaves adding the basil, pepper and oil until you have used all your tomato slices.

Add some more freshly ground black pepper over the top

and a little more oil. Sprinkle the toasted pine nuts over the top.

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  1. Beautiful! Nothing says summer like juicy tomatoes and fresh basil. The pine nuts are such a great addition!

  2. I love tomatoes! I don't want to know if they're going to kill me slowly!

    Heirloom tomatoes are becoming more popular, as people are realizing how much different they taste, and how much variety you can have. This looks like a great salad! The basil on my balcony should be trembling in fear. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Haha! I don't think they will!!! Can't deny that they are a HUGE part of the Mediterranean diet which is believed to be one of the healthiest diets in the World!

      Thank you for making me laugh and for visiting!

  3. No heirloom tomatoes? Oh man, I don't think I'd survive. I'm glad you got to try my favorite new world vegetable! Thanks for sharing this on GAPS Friendly Friday.

    1. You're so welcome Kelsy....It's not like we live in the middle of nowhere! My attempts at growing tomatoes have been abandoned now since the last two or three summers have been so poor that they haven't had a chance to ripen before the cold has set in!

  4. What an absolutely gorgeous salad! Definitely a salad that leads itself to those beautiful heirlooms! Love the addition of the pine nuts!

  5. Everyone here loves tomatoes except for my daughter. We eat them in just about everything. This sounds really tasty topped off with Pine Nuts. Thanks for sharing this week in our linky. I'll be giving this one a try!

  6. That is a gorgeous salad! Love the pine nuts!!! Thank you for sharing at Fit and Fabulous Fridays. :)

  7. Beautiful! Looks so pretty, and so delicious! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon.

  8. Hi Vicky,
    What beautiful photo's of your tomatoes! We will just love this salad for all the fresh tomatoes we have from the garden right now. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. I adore heirloom tomatoes, and they really are hard to find in England! Your sunny tomato salad looks absolutely delicious - I love the addition of the pine nuts.

  10. Delicious salad, love that tomatoes, this is special because of addition of pine nuts. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. I will shout out this recipe.