TOMATO SALAD–Quick and easy Recipe
ONE more way to beat the heat is with this cooling Tomato Salad. According to Ayurveda, Tomatoes are one of the foods that have a cooling effect on the human body; a food highly recommended in one’s summer diet. Lettuce leaves are another cooling vegetable. Milk and milk products, including cream, are also cooling foods. Fresh herbs are used and no heat producing spices or herbs are used. So when one combines all these, well, what better way to beat the heat but the way of a Tomato Salad!
The Chinese say that cooling foods have a way of ridding the body of heat and toxins. It calms the blood and enhances the Yin in the body. Cooling foods eliminate or at least reduce irritating summer problems of excess perspiration and thirst, gastric discomforts like flatulence, constipation, pungent and odorous wind.
This is an old recipe from the times when flavours were not so complex with complicated ad mixes of spices, sauces and plethora of ingredients; its superiority lies in the simplicity of its purity of taste. It is only on the palate that the flavours mix to enhance the refined experience
RECIPE: Serves One.
1 bunch lettuce (alternately you may use iceberg lettuce but the taste changes completely);
1 large tomato per person;
1 teaspoon of Whipped Cream per slice of tomato;
1 tablespoon of roughly chopped olives (black preferred);
2 tablespoons of finely chopped chives;
2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley (try fresh coriander or cilantro for a change);
½ finely chopped medium sized onion (about 1 ½ inch in diameter), preferably pink or red (red/pink onions bring greater zest to the salad and contrast well with the juicy sweet-sour of the tomato);
¼ teaspoon honey.
Wash and dry lettuce leaves,
Halve each leaf and spread these in a dish.
Slice the tomatoes about 3 mm in thickness (half an index finger width),
Place a slice of tomato on each piece of lettuce.
In a mixing bowl:
Put the whipped cream, chopped olives, chopped chives, chopped parsley and chopped onions,
Now, place some mixture on each tomato slice.
To finish place a small drop of honey on the mixture.
If you prefer to eliminate the sweet taste of honey, replace it with a few grains of freshly ground pepper. I DO NOT RECOMMEND ELIMINATION OF HONEY. The surprise of the slight sweetness adds a twist of urbanity and chic to the otherwise forthright taste of the salad.