The Best Tomato Salad Recipe

Tomato salad is pretty simple to make but this is one KILLER tomato salad recipe!

I made it at a cooking class and was asked why it is called Killer Tomato Salad – the answer is because you would kill to get the recipe!

So here it is!

Killer Marinated Tomato Salad

I really think the fresh herbs are what makes it so good, so try to use the fresh ones. If you absolutely have to substitute dry herbs then use half as much.

Tomato Salad

3 Tbs Fresh Parsley, Chopped
2 Tbs Fresh Basil, Chopped
1 tsp Fresh Thyme
¾ cup Olive Oil
½ cup Red Wine Vinegar
3 whole Scallions, Sliced end to end
1 Tbs Sugar
2 minced Garlic Cloves
S & P
6 Ripe Tomatoes

  1. Combine all ingredients except the tomatoes in a bowl and whisk.
  2. Cut your tomatoes into wedges and toss with dressing.

For the tomato salad to be KILLER try to use at least 3 different types of tomatoes.

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    Almond Crusted Chicken With Strawberry Glaze

    The recipe that I threw together for a cooking class on strawberries was such a hit that it needs to be published!

    This glazed almond-crusted chicken dish is amazingly simple and quick!almond crusted chicken

    Look for chicken breasts that are uniform in size or at least capable of being cut down into equal sized pieces.

    I have also made a similar recipe with chicken thighs so do not be afraid to experiment.

    The key is to have uniform sized pieces for even cooking.

    Balsamic Glazed Strawberry – Almond Crusted Chicken

    1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
    1/3 cup unblanched almonds, coarsely ground or chopped
    S & P
    4 (4 oz) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
    olive oil
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1/3 cup chicken stock
    1/3 cup strawberry preserves
    3 Tbs balsamic vinegar
    1 Tbs minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
    1 cup washed and sliced strawberries

    1. Combine the bread crumbs, almonds, salt and pepper. Add chicken, one piece at a time, pat crumbs onto chicken to coat.
    2. Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes.
    3. In a large nonstick skillet heat oil then cook chicken 4-5 minutes on each side.
    4. Remove and place in 375 degree oven for 5 – 10 minutes.
    5. In the same pan, cook onions until tender. Stir in the broth, preserves, vinegar and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5-6 minutes or until thickened.
    6. Set aside glaze and in the same skillet wilt the spinach with a touch of nutmeg and salt and pepper. Toss strawberries into spinach as it wilts just to heat them.
    7. Serve the chicken over the spinach and top with the glaze.

     Make Your Glazed Chicken Healthier

    The secret to keeping your food as healthy as possible is to pick out quality ingredients.

    Of course, you could make the almond crusted chicken with store bought white bread crumbs but it is easy to make your own whole wheat bread crumbs.  Just throw bread into a food processor or do what I do… grate exactly what you need with a hand held cheese grater.

    When buying jams or jellies always look at the ingredient list. Many say natural and in fact are not! Look for those in which the fruit is the first ingredient. I like the ones sweetened with fruit concentrates or at least just plain sugar.

     

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      Nutty Power Bars Recipe

      These nutty power bars are high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Called ‘essential’ fats, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids MUST be consumed in your diet.

      Most of us do not consume enough omega 3 and omega 6’s.

      These nutty power bars are high in these necessary fats and make a great sweet snack or dessert to add to your diet.

      Nutty Power Bar

      Nutty Power Bars

      2/3 cup dried apricots
      8 dates
      2 tbsp honey
      1 tbsp vanilla
      3/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
      2 ½ cup any nuts, seeds & dried fruit (walnuts, almonds, pecans, pepitas, cranberries, blueberries)
      chia seeds

      1. Soak apricots for 30 minutes.
      2. Add apricots, dates, honey and vanilla to food processor and process to a paste.
      3. Add remaining ingredients (saving half) and pulse.
      4. Add in reserved ingredients and mix without using the blade.
      5. Spread out in a parchment lined pan and sprinkle with chia seeds.
      6. Chill or freeze then cut into cubes.
      7. Store in the freezer.

      This simple recipe will become a family favorite and add an essential nutrient to your diet that you most likely are missing.

      Feel free to eliminate the honey and don’t hesitate to play around with different nuts and seeds.

      Many conventional grocery stores even sell a ‘Omega 3 Nut Blend’ that make it really easy to throw together these nutty power bars!

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