Last week I had a counter filled with tomatoes. You know how it is… I went to the farmers market and there were tomatoes everywhere. I mean everywhere. Red ones. Yellow ones. Purple ones. Teardrop shaped ones. Oval ones. Round ones. Big ones. Little ones… you get the picture… This tomato pomegranate salad was the perfect use for this gorgeous variety of tomatoes.
Back at the market, I just started filling my bag. It was like I was possessed. But, in my defense, they were so pretty — like jewels.
I made a lot of dishes with these beauties. And there were still more.
Sometimes the universe just provides you what you need. I opened my email inbox one morning that week, and there were my weekly recipes from The New York Times, and ta-da… one of them was for their tomato pomegranate salad.
This salad is beautiful, simple, delicious, healthy, and easily customizable with the ingredients you have on hand.
If you’ve still got some tomatoes left after making this salad, here’s another great recipe to try: Vegan Caprese Salad With Hearts Of Palm.
Here are some of the great healing ingredients in this tomato pomegranate salad:
In Chinese medicine, we use tomatoes to aid in digestion and to help detoxify the body. They are also good to combat excess cholesterol, lessen inflammation and curb asthma. Tomatoes can also quench thirst, and they can help fight some kidney infections.
Pomegranate seeds nourish the blood. In Chinese medicine, we know that many illnesses and conditions are caused by the body making poor quality blood. Pomegranate seeds are great at helping the body make good quality blood. They are also good to combat diarrhea, anemia and incontinence.
Basil has anti-viral and anti-bacterial capabilities. It also is good for settling your stomach, and it’s good at lessening the symptoms of the common cold and its accompanying cough. Basil is a spiritual herb — the scent actually calms you; you can boil some in a pot and let the aroma fill the air, you can just leave some around the house, you can toss a bunch in your bath water (I love to do this), or you can use an essential oil with basil to get some great calming effects.
Onions are great for your immune system; they are a natural antihistamine. In the winter, I eat lots and lots of onions… I guess I should feel sorry for the people close to me! Recently, I recommended that a patient with bronchitis put sliced raw onions in her socks when she went to sleep… she woke up so much better; they actually can rid the body of bacteria. (I know I’ve told you this before, but it really is awesome!) Onion is a superhero in the food world!
- 16 oz heirloom tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
- 3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp za'atar (or use spice blend of your choice)
- 6 Tbs pomegranate seeds
- ¼ cup very thinly sliced red onions
- 3 large basil leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
- cubes of vegan cheese (or cheese of your choice)
- juice of ½ a lemon
- sea salt, to taste
- Combine the oil and the za'atar in a small bowl.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
- Toss with the oil mixture.