Heirloom Tomato Salad with Macadamia Nut Cheese
Even though fall is fast upon us, there are still beautiful tomatoes to be found. I have friends harvesting them even in Minnesota! This simple, easy to throw together salad is a wonderful way to enjoy the end of the tomato season. It’s even better with beautiful heirloom tomatoes.
Tomato salads are so refreshing. Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene which is a carotenoid pigment that has many health benefits. Tomatoes are good for your heart and also your bones. They are rich in antioxidants and fight oxidation in your body. Did you know that lycopene from orange tomatoes might actually be absorbed better than lycopene from red tomatoes? That is a great reason to get some beautiful orange and yellow heirlooms for this recipe.
Because I can’t just look at a bowl of tomatoes and deem that a meal, I decided to throw together some macadamia nut cheese to toss with the tomatoes. You will be quite pleased with the depth of flavor it adds to the salad. The nuts also cut the acidity of the tomatoes. Macadamia nuts are full of manganese, vitamin A, iron, and b-vitamins. Macadamia nuts are full of fiber and a little goes a long way in helping satiate your appetite.
Enjoy this tomato salad before we go into winter tomato drought. It’s delicious, quick and easy.
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- 3 cups chopped heirloom tomatoes
- 1 bunch basil, finely chopped
- Himalayan salt
- Fresh Ground Pepper
- drizzle of Balsamic Reduction
- Toss together tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper. Let sit in a strainer for 30 minutes. Discard juice that has drained off.
- Gently mix in macadamia cheese (recipe below) and top with Maple Balsamic Reduction (recipe below)
- 1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked at least 3 hours, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 lime, juice from
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients in food processor. Pulse until nuts are finely chopped and hold together when pressed.
Maple Balsamic Reduction
- 1 cup good quality, aged raw balsamic vinegar (most balsamic is not raw…check your sources)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Place one cup of the balsamic vinegar in a shallow glass dish in the dehydrator. Dehydrate at 115 degrees overnight or until reduced to 1/3 cup.
- Stir in maple syrup.
kate wrote on October 9, 2017
This looks great, and simple. Just a note that the tomato juice that has drained off can be used to make a delicious salad dressing….adding olive oil, garlic, lime, a bit of brown rice vinegar, pepper, and some salt. blend gently.