Tomatoes and Sunshine lovers.
This summers drought has made for fantastic tomatoes – sweet and tasty. One of my favourite booths at the farmer’s market is the organic tomato booth. I usually ask for a combination of all the tiny tomatoes instead of selecting just one kind. This way I get variety and get to enjoy all the flavours that are ripe for the week. This salad was created as a final meal before closing up the cottage for the weekend. My delightful bag of tomatoes was discovered on a table at the end of the weekend so we decided to use them up right away rather than hope that they survived the trip home.
This salad gives you protein and veggies in one dish. You may also want to first create a bed of lettuce on each plate and then serve over the lettuce so that you get your important leafy greens in this meal too.
Organic Tiny Tomato and Black Bean Salad
- 1/2 pint or 1 cup of organic tiny tomatoes – halved (ask if they will give you a variety pack)
- I can Eden black beans – drained and rinsed
- 1 radish – sliced
- 2 inches of English cucumber – sliced and quartered
- 1/4 red pepper – diced
- 1/4 yellow pepper – diced
- 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil – cold pressed is best
- Juice of 1 lime – use the wide part of a spoon to really get the juice to come out
- 2 stems of cilantro – leaves only – chopped
- 1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp Black pepper
- Drain and rinse black beans
- Cut the tiny tomatoes in half so they absorb the dressing and don’t squirt a friend in the eye when you bite them
- Add the tomatoes, black beans, radish, cucumber, red and yellow peppers into a large bowl
- Assemble the dressing in a mason jar, seal with a lid and shake until combined
- Pour 1/2 dressing on the salad and toss. If you feel it needs more dressing, add in small increments to taste. Use remaining dressing on a salad later.
- Let sit covered in the fridge for a few hours or if you need to get going, eat it right away.
Plan to enjoy some of the great tomatoes this summer has produced. Visit your farmer’s market as they will be ripe and tasty.
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