• 1 cup plain, whole fat yogurt
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 2 teaspoons fresh basil, torn
• 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
• 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
• 1 clove garlic, crushed and minced
• 5 medium tomatoes, mixed colors, cut into 1/8 inch thick slices
• 1 small red onion, finely sliced into rings
• 1 large cucumber, cut into 1/8 inch thick slices
1. In a small bowl mix together the yogurt, olive oil, and lemon juice.
2. Whip in the salt and cayenne and then add the fresh herbs.
3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours so the flavors can come together.
4. Arrange the vegetables on a serving platter, drizzle with the yogurt dressing, and serve.
SERVES 6-8 AS AN APPETIZER.
Recipe created by Amy Scheuerman of EarthBoundKitchen.com
All tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps fend off heart disease and cancer and has been shown in some studies to boost the immune system and even prevent arthritis. Tomatoes are also a good source of vitamin A which is good for eye development and healthy skin. Heirloom tomatoes tend to be a good source of potassium and the antioxidant lycopene.
Cucumbers also have vitamins A and C, but have the added bonus of beta-carotine, which can reduce the risk of lung cancer and heart disease. We’d still suggest throwing out that pack of smokes, but a few servings of this salad might help too.