I had a crazy weekend performing with Diva Diverse in Sault Ste. Marie and I was so exhausted yesterday and felt extremely dehydrated for some reason so I was craving somethin juicy. Aside from eating 1/4 of a watermelon I made myself something nice and light and refreshing to eat. This was my little masterpiece. Super easy and according to Meal Garden it receives a green leaf in the healthy eating category.
Tomato Cucumber Summer Salad
|Balsamic glaze (drizzled)|
|1 tbsp||Balsamic vinegar (or fresh squeezed lemon juice (optional))|
|1 bunch||Basil, fresh (chopped (save a sprig))|
|1/2 cup chopped||Cucumber, peeled|
|1 1/2 tbsp||Extra virgin olive oil|
|1 tbsp||Garlic powder|
|2 tbsp hulled||Hemp seeds, shelled|
|1 tbsp||Italian herb seasoning|
|3 tbsp||Nutritional yeast|
|3/4 cup||Red onion (diced)|
|1 large||Tomato (chopped)|
|1 1/2 tbsp||Walnuts (chopped)|
Rinse tomato and kale *(I forgt to add kalet in the mix when posting to meal garden to get the nutrients but kale is just super healthy so it makes it even better for you, so no worries!) and peel cucumbers and onion. Chop/cut accordingly and mix ingredients into a medium sized bowl, add chopped walnut pieces and mix until evenly distributed.
In a small bowl mix olive oil with garlic powder and seasonings and himalayan sea salt (if desired), chili flakes or anything you want to add extra flavour to your dressing. A splash of extra balsamic dressing is always nice, you can use 1:1 ratio to olive oil, or a little less since you have the balsamic reduction to drizzle. Mix with spoon.
Rinse basil and keep a sprig aside for each bowl, chopping the rest into fine pieces and mixing in with salad mixture. *This salad can be one large portion or two separate side salads, so garnish accordingly.
Add dressing to bowl, stir and serve in bowl(s). Sprinkle with hemp, nutritional yeast and garnish with a basil sprig.