Basil Tomato Salad

What can I say, simple salads with healthy ingredients are undeniably delicious. There is something about a quick yet flavorful dressing over chopped tomato, cucumber, and red onion.
This salad can go with just about anything!

My favorite ingredient in this dish is the well-known basil, regarded highly in various cultures around the world. It tastes great and is great for your health too.
It contains many compounds like eugenol, which aids in blocking calcium channels that lowers your blood pressure. The essential oils also reduce cholesterol and triglycerides in your body. Not to mention, it is a good source of magnesium that improves blood circulation. All in all, basil is quite heart healthy!
Besides that, basil has antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and adaptogen which is an anti-stress substance.
You really can’t lose when it comes to eating basil, especially when it can brighten up so many dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar or lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 small red onion

Preparation:

  • In a small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, basil, pepper and salt
  • Chop tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion
  • 10-20 minutes before serving, add chopped tomatoes, cucumber, and onion
  • Toss and chill

GFCF, SF, EF, DF

Legend:

  • GFCF – gluten free casein free
  • SF – soy  free
  • DF – dairy free
  • EF – egg free

Resources:

10 Health Benefits of Basil Leaves

20 Comments

  1. romancushm

    Gracias por recordar esta receta!

  2. montokinion

    yum, so simple but sounds good

  3. febrestall

    the scent of basil is nice. easy and healthy!

  4. 55minawin

    que delicioso

  5. montokinion

    i like to add oregano to the dressing! pairs well with tomatoes

  6. bodiloftan

    another quick and delicious dish

  7. brienosj

    This dressing is so tasty…and quick!

  8. 77ignacing

    Hi my friend loved your salad

  9. montokinion

    what dressing can I substitute?

  10. dadaprl21

    great for a little dinner party!

  11. 042608mayo

    also great for a summer party, so fresh

  12. smithsetho

    I will defintiely make this for Xmas dinner, can’t wait

  13. dadaprl21

    Served this as a side for my pasta…family LOOOOVED it

  14. smithsetho

    I made this at home and it was a big hit! Had to come back and comment

  15. jamjimaa

    i really love salad and was looking for more options

  16. febrestall

    just made this 10 minutes ago…can confirm it’s delicious

  17. walshrodc

    Sounds so fresh! Gotta stop by the store on my way home

  18. dongju99

    If you can eat nuts, add some for a nice crunch!

  19. walshrodc

    ^OH good idea, I’ll try the pine nuts I got

  20. triy0tuller

    the perfect summertime salad

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