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Simple Raw Tangy Tomato Salad

The following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness.

Simple, yet highly nutritious - this fast salad made with minimal ingredients is sure to please your taste buds as well as your body.

This tangy tomato salad is perfect in winter, because as tomatoes and garlic are the main ingredient, you know you'll be provided with an unbeatable dose of valuable vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and potassium, as well as antioxidants and phytochemicals. Tomatoes in particular are an excellent source of beta-carotene, an invaluable substance for your eye-sight, skin, and your body's ability to absorb calcium.

When choosing your tomatoes, the redder the better - because beta-carotene is characterized by its plush red-orange color in fruits and vegetables. Not only that, but tomatoes also contain a particular antioxidant called lycopene, which has been proven to have cardio-protective and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect heart-health food.

Many studies have also brought to light the anti-cancerous properties that tomatoes can offer. The antioxidant known as lycopene has been found to reduce the risks of cancer in the prostate, ovaries, liver colon, and rectum. So... lycopene, coupled with vitamin C, potassium, and a multitude of other antioxidants make the tomato not only healthy, but the ideal food for strengthening your immunity!

Your immunity will also be delighted at the presence of garlic in this recipe - minced, raw, and highly potent! A natural antibiotic, garlic is just filled with endless phytochemicals that kill bacteria, fungus, attack cancerous cells, mop up your excessive LDL cholesterol levels, and eliminate the 'stickiness' of platelets in the bloodstream - therefore reducing the risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and cancerous growths.

Tomatoes and garlic combined are lethal against bodily abnormalities caused by germs, making this the perfect salad if you have a cold, flu, or if you're simply unwell. Because this is also a fat-free recipe, it works wonders for those attempting to lose weight, or who have intolerance to oils or fats in raw foods such as nuts.

While there is usually some controversy about how garlic may sometimes cause gastric irritation or bloating, rest assured that the presence of ground cumin seeds - a culinary must in the Middle Eastern kitchen - is known for its gas-depleting properties, calming an upset stomach, and reducing acid and irritation in the stomach. The double advantage of cumin is that it will also, along with the garlic, make this dish unbelievably tasty!

Equipment Needed:
  • A sharp knife
  • Garlic crusher
Ingredients:
  • Three medium tomatoes (ripe, fleshy, and red)
  • Three cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Sea salt (or Herbamare), ground pepper, and ground cumin seeds
Directions:

1. Slice tomatoes just less than 1cm thick.



2. Crush garlic cloves with garlic crusher.



3. Take a few slices of tomatoes and spread them out on a plate. With your fingers, pinch some crushed garlic and rub into the up-side of each tomato slice until thinly coated. Rinse hands, and then gently sprinkle a little bit of salt, ground pepper and cumin onto each garlic-coated slice.



4. Gently take each slice and arrange them into a semi-circle fashion on another plate.



5. Repeat step 3 with the rest of the tomato slices, and then continue arranging slices into a full circle until plate is filled.



6. Cover and leave for 10-15 minutes to allow garlic and spices to seep into tomato flesh, and serve.

Options:
  • Adding minced parsley, or a sprinkle of some chopped dill, gives a lovely flavor to this dish.
  • Dried thyme or basil can also be added with the cumin, for extra spice.
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