Tasty Tomatoes with Beauty Benefits

This weekend I was struck with the urge to make a snack that would utilize the wonderful fresh produce available this time of year. Since it’s high tomato season, I went with bruschetta, an Italian appetizer.

Along with being tasty, the tomatoes in this dish provide many health and beauty benefits. Raw tomatoes have an especially high lycopene content, which helps prevent cancer. Vitamins A & C (both antioxidants) are linked to healthy skin and hair cells. Bon appetit!

Fresh Bruschetta

serves 4

6 Roma tomatoes
2-3 sprigs of fresh basil
4 T olive oil
4 T balsamic vinegar
~12 slices of bread
4 whole cloves of garlic
1/2 t kosher salt

Slice up your bread (I used a baguette, but a more traditional Italian bread would be lovely) so it’s about half an inch thick (~2cm). Toast it lightly.

While the bread is toasting, dice your tomatoes. (I like to cut them in half “pole to pole” and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon before dicing.) Remember that tomatoes do much better with a serrated knife than a straight-edged one! Put the diced tomatoes in a bowl and get your fresh basil.

Pull the leaves off the stems and stack 4-6 of them. Roll them up and slice very finely (a.k.a. chiffonade), then add to the bowl with the tomatoes. Add in the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt. Stir and set aside.

When the bread is toasted, cut your cloves of garlic in half and rub one across each slice. Spoon your tomatoes on top and you’re done! You could also finish with some shaved Parmesan cheese if you have it.

8 Responses to Tasty Tomatoes with Beauty Benefits

  1. liloo September 6, 2011 at 8.46 am #

    yum yum yum xx

  2. Alexandria Web September 6, 2011 at 10.25 am #

    Those look delicious :)

  3. Vonnie September 6, 2011 at 11.13 am #

    mmm,i just love bruschetta! need to start making it myself :D

  4. Chloe September 6, 2011 at 4.19 pm #

    Lycopene is actually higher in cooked tomatoes. You’ld get more benefit out of a yummy tomato pasta sauce :)

    • Katie September 6, 2011 at 6.53 pm #

      You are right! I read one source last night that said it was higher in raw tomatoes, but I just checked several others and they agree with you. Still, it’s better than potato chips, right?!

      • Chloe September 6, 2011 at 8.57 pm #

        Haha yep still way better than chips. I would much rather have bruschetta. Stupid winter keeping tomatoes out of season :(

  5. SiSi Sparkles September 7, 2011 at 8.33 am #

    ah, I’m a huge fan of tomatoes :] thanks for the recipe!

  6. Carrie November 15, 2011 at 4.06 pm #

    What a great recipe with beauty benefits! I would really love it if you would link this up to Spa{ahhh} Sundaze (http://www.projectpossessed.com/spaahhh-sundaze-1113-healthy-eating-habits-questionnaire/)

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