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Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Wheat Berry Salad
Here's one of my favorite salads to make when the weather turns hot and humid: Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Wheat Berry Salad. Super simple and delicious, refreshing, and filling.
Here's a suggestion, though. Use them as a side dish for dinner… or to make more salad!
Click here to see 15 Tastiest Heirloom Tomato Recipes.
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For the dressing
- 1 Tablespoon coarse ground mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon stone-ground honey mustard
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/8 Teaspoon salt
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
For the salad
- 4 Cups water
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Cup wheat berries
- 1 large avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
- 1 Pound mini heirloom tomatoes, halved
- 1 Cup chopped parsley
- 1 cup wheat berries
- 4 cups water
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- ¼ white onion, diced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste
- salt to taste
Place wheat berries in a pot and cover with water soak for 3 to 6 hours.
Drain wheat berries and add 4 cups water bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until wheat berries are tender yet firm to the bite and water is absorbed, 1 to 2 hours. Remove pot from heat and cool.
Mix carrots, celery, onion, and parsley into wheat berries.
Whisk lemon juice, soy sauce, tahini, olive oil, honey, and salt together in a bowl until smooth stir into wheat berries mixture.
Italian Tomato Salad Recipe
There’s nothing as easy and simple as making a salad. Choosing the right tomatoes is a different story and it is what will break or make your salad. So stay away from watery half ripened tomatoes and wait until the heirlooms hit the farmers market.
Tomato & Avocado Salad
Pour ¼ cup of the lemon juice into a mixing bowl. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit, peel them (or scoop them out with a spoon), and cut in ½-inch dice. Immediately add the avocados to the lemon juice and toss carefully. Add the cherry tomatoes and red onion and toss again.
In a small glass measuring cup, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, ¼ cup olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
Pour enough of the vinaigrette over the tomato and avocado mixture to moisten completely. Add the arugula, add more vinaigrette, sprinkle with 1½ teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper, and toss well. Taste for seasonings (you want the salad well seasoned!) and serve at room temperature.
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Reduces Oxidative Stress
Avocados can also contribute to reducing the oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress occurs when the levels of harmful reactive oxygen species (ROS) rise due to normal cell functions, environmental stress, bad food habits, mental stress, disease, and UV exposure. The antioxidants and oleic acid present in avocados help reduce the oxidative stress and prevent DNA damage, reduces the risk of heart diseases, renal failure, inflammation-related obesity, and protects the proteins and lipids in your body from being altered by the reactive oxygen species. Avocado oil, seeds, and peel have also been found to have antioxidant properties that help maintain proper metabolism and cell function (7) (8) (9) (10).
So it is clear that avocado flesh, peel, and seed are all nutrient-rich and can help reduce weight. Now, let me give you a 3-day avocado diet plan that involves eating one avocado per day along with other weight loss promoting foods. This diet plan will also help you detox and rejuvenate your cells and will assist them in proper functioning. Here’s your 3-day routine.
HealthY, HaPpy & WhOle
I want to share a little secret with you. I’ve recently become addicted to eating grape tomatoes…They are bite size, juicy and sweet…which makes them a perfect addition to any salad. This time I decided to go with a heirloom blend, I’ve never made anything with them before and let me tell you…they are just as good as the grape tomatoes. Plus…they are so colorful!! I mean the pictures I took speak for themselves. Who wouldn’t like to taste this colorful salad? I think it’s perfect for Spring and Summer. It looks so appealing, and the taste..well you’ve got an interesting mix of ingredients. Juicy tomatoes, crunchy cabbage and cucumber, sweet cranberries and yes…banana! The banana slices are an unexpected touch that will please your palate. And to top it off a little bit of herbed goat cheese. I love the creamy sensation of goat cheese, it’s my favorite choice for salads.
Nutrition wise – both the cabbage and cucumber are virtually calorie free since they contain a lot of water! Red cabbage also contains powerful compounds called polyphenols which have antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a good source of fiber and vitamins. For more information on its benefits check out my post on red cabbage here. The bananas are packed with electrolytes which makes it a perfect post-workout fruit. So after a workout whip up this salad to help replenish the nutrients that you lost.
4 cups of fresh arugula, spinach or mesclun salad
2 cups of heirloom baby tomatoes
1 cup of sliced red cabbage
1 cup of chopped cucumber – roughly 1 medium sized cucumber
1 sliced banana
2 tbsp of dried cranberries
1.5 tsp of herbed goat cheese – optional
1. Wash and dry all the vegetables. Slice the cucumber, banana and half of the tomatoes. Chop the cranberries.
2. Arranging the salad: first add the leafy greens, then layer on the cabbage, bananas, cucumbers and baby tomatoes. Add the cranberries and finish off the salad by adding some crumbled goat cheese on top.
3. Serve it with your favorite protein or impress others by making/bringing this salad to your next dinner party.
What to pair with this salad? A BASIL VINAIGRETTE. I obtained this recipe, and a couple of other delicious (and healthy) salad dressing recipes from the Women’s Health September 2012 issue. I would like to share them with you along with some tips from the experts on how to preserve home made vinaigrettes.
…what is your favorite salad dressing recipe? Please share it below!
ROSE WATER ALMOND MILK PUDDING WITH POMEGRANATES &ndash PARVE
Cook time: 5 minutes Refrigeration time: 30-45 minutes Yield: 6-6oz servings
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp corn starch
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
- 4 tbsp rose water
- 3/4 cup raw pistachios, chopped
- 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries
- In a medium saucepan, combine almond milk, corn starch, sugar and rose water. Whisk until the corn starch and sugar are completely dissolved.
- Cook at medium heat, stirring often, until it starts to thicken. Turn off heat and whisk well until thick and creamy. Let cool slightly.
- In the meantime, prepare 6-6oz clear cups. Add a layer of chopped pistachios at the bottom. Spoon some of the rose water cream, add a layer of pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries, spoon some more rose water cream and top with pistachios and pomegranate seeds or cranberries.
- For a creamier consistency, serve warm or at room temperature. If you like it thicker, chill in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes
Avocado and Tomato Salad Plus 5 Fresh and Simple Avocado Salads
After an amazingly late summer start thanks to one of the rainiest springs we’ve had in a long time, my harvest is finally coming on. So being the responsible gardener that I am, I’m now surfing the web for new ways to use the bounty I’ve spent hundreds of dollars watering, fertilizing and now plucking from their green, lush vines.
Once I bite into the juicy, warm nectar that has become a home-grown cherry tomato, my response without hesitation is “hell yes.”
At this time of year I find it easy to veer toward the tomato recipes that are more caprese-style, studded with basil and balsamic vinegar. But today I’m going off the grid and putting my balsamic in the back seat.
Inspired by an avocado and onion salad my husband and I came to crave from a favorite Cuban restaurant (and that I always asked for tomatoes to be added to), I’ve embellished their inspiration and made it my own with creamy avocados, onion, homegrown tomatoes and lick-loving licoricey-tarragon—just ’cause I’m an herb-loving kind of girl. Sometimes the salad gets more tomatoes, sometimes more avocado, just depends on what I have on hand. Today, it’s pretty lycopene loaded thanks to my heirloom cherry ‘mater harvest.
If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below or take a photo and tag me on Instagram with #foodiecrusheats.
The Last Avocado Toast Recipe You'll Ever Need
Avocado toast is pretty divisive: You either can’t get enough of it, or you’re totally sick of hearing about it. With a plethora of avocado toast recipes out there—some simple, others more complex—it’s easy to wonder if we’ve reached peak avocado.
But before you write off this open-faced Instagrammable marvel, let’s remember why we love avocado toast in the first place. Mashed avocado spread over crusty whole-wheat bread, finished with olive oil, red pepper flakes, and flaky sea salt—does it get much better than that? It’s full of healthy, unsaturated fats, packed with fiber, and it’s an effortless breakfast or snack.
So forget fancy-pants versions topped with lobster, truffles, and gold flakes—or spinoffs like avocado art, avocado roses, and avocado toast chocolate bars. You need a perfect avocado toast recipe that’s 100% no-nonsense.
Look no further. This is the easiest—and the last—avocado toast recipe you’ll ever need to know. Memorize the recipe, then use it as a jumping off point for your favorite avocado toast riffs. Put an egg on it, top it with tuna salad, or crown it with fluffy alfalfa sprouts for a healthy and satisfying meal. You can mix up the toppings too—we love Japanese furikake or everything bagel seasoning.
California Avocado Toast with Fried Egg
- Toast 1 slice bread and spread with 1/2 ripe, Fresh California Avocado (mashed or sliced). Spray a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray and fry one egg as desired.
- Place cooked egg onto avocado toast, sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.
California Avocado Toast with Heirloom Tomatoes
- Toast 1 slice bread, spread with 1/2 ripe, Fresh California Avocado (mashed or sliced) and 2 slices heirloom or beefsteak tomato.
- Top with fresh cracked pepper and sea salt to taste.
California Avocado Toast with Bacon
- Toast 1 slice bread, spread with 1/2 ripe, Fresh California
- Avocado (mashed or sliced) and 2 slices cooked bacon.
*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.
As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados