Warm Tomato Salad

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We enjoy tomatoes all year round and we eat them in many different forms. Raw tomatoes are excellent in salads but I have designed a salad with cooked tomatoes. Cooked tomatoes activate carotenoid lycopene, a valuable antioxidants which plays a vital role in boosting our health. Eating more cooked tomatoes prevents our bodies from cancer and heart diseases. Recent studies discovered that lycopene is connected to our bone health protecting the bone tissue. This valuable antioxidant is fat-soluble, so needs to be eaten with oil. However, raw tomatoes are also rich in vitamin C and potassium.

Ingredients:

2 cups of chopped favourite salad leaves

½ cup fresh corn

½ cup chopped cucumber

1 avocado

2 tbsp hemp seeds or 1tbsp pine nuts

1tbsp chia seeds

Dressing:

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1 small red onion, chopped

1tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cumin

1tsp garam masala

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper

Mix the salad leaves with fresh corn, cucumber and avocado. In the pan melt the coconut oil and add chopped tomatoes and onion. Add the spices and sweat for 5min on moderate heat. Pout the warm mixture over the salad. Sprinkle with apple cider vinegar, hemp seeds, chia seeds and add a pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper.

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