My Favorite Tomato Salad ๐ŸŒฑ RECIPE (VEGAN)

I love food that’s affordable and easy to prep, and recently I’ve been all about tomato salad. I tried a few different combinations of greens, but I keep coming back to this one.

The ratios on the vegetables I use in my salad differs depending on what I’ve got in my fridge. But for this batch, I used about 15 cherry tomatoes, 4 regular sized carrots, half a cucumber, 1 small cup of couscous, one box of chickpeas, one box of lentils, and about a tablespoon of each of the spices.

A batch like this will usually last me for 2-3 days. It’s perfect as a meal on its own, or you can have it as a side dish.

If you want to add some extra moisture to your salad, add some balsamico, French or other dressing of your choice.

Quick and Easy!

  • Rinse veggies and cut them into as big or small pieces as you like.
  • Boil water for your couscous. I use 1 cup of boiled water for 1 cup of couscous. Add the spices to the couscous before you add the water. Let it sit under a lid for about 5 minutes.
  • Add lentils and chickpeas to the bowl.
  • Mix it all together in a bowl.
  • Add basil on top for that little something extra.
  • Now enjoy!

So tasty, and it’s good for you!

Cherry tomatoes:

  • Cherry tomatoes are high in potassium which may help lowering blood pressure.

Carrots:

  • Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. They are also a good source of several B-vitamins, vitamin K, and potassium. It’s also loaded with fiber and antioxidants.
  • Carrot consumption has been linked with reduced risk of cancer and heart disease, and improved eye health.
  • Carrots can also be good for your dental health because chewing on crunchy veggies is like using a natural toothbrush (But remember to also brush your teeth lovelies๐Ÿ˜œ)

Cucumber:

  • Cucumbers contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Chickpeas:

  • Chickpeas are high in protein and fiber.
  • Chickpeas have many characteristics that may help prevent some chronic illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Red lentils:

  • Lentils are high in iron, folate and protein.

Turmeric:

  • Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimerโ€™s and cancer.
  • Itโ€™s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.

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