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Uncomplicated Tomato Basil Salad with Goat Cheese

Aug 25, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy

On the weekend we visited my parents because they hosted my Aunt's 60th birthday. As per my mom's usual generous style, she had a huge bowl of cherry tomatoes she picked from her garden for Walker and I to take home.  I was pretty happy about this because the last few farmers market visits I made, I ran out of cash by the time I got to the tomatoes.

Homegrown is the best kind of organic you can get! ...Especially when it's grown with love and attention. Walker was really excited to use these tomatoes and make something yummy. As you might hvae seen from my Instagram on Sunday, I made bruschetta and then Sunday night, Walker made this very pretty platter. It looked like a piece of art!

We enjoyed the remaining tomatoes in this salad as an appetizer with some delicious homemade iced tea with blueberries.

Real food doesn't need to be complicated. In fact, most of what Walker and I cook is really simple with great ingredients. This salad is quite "uncomplicated"! Ha!! I like the sound of that. So here's Walker's recipe for an Uncomplicated Tomato Basil Salad with Goat Cheese – and it sure does look pretty!

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Uncomplicated Tomato Basil Salad with Goat Cheese
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 small onion, thinly sliced
  • Goat cheese sprinkled to your liking
  • Drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. You can either combine all your ingredients together in a bowl, dress and season, or if you're a fancy pants like my hubs Walker you can make your salad look as gorgeous as this platter!

By the way, if you were wondering why I love goat cheese, here's why:

  • Goat cheese is a great source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, choline, vitamin A, D and K, good fat and protein
  • The good fat helps you feel satiated and balances blood sugar
  • It is much easier on the digestive system than cow's milk cheese because it has less lactose, smaller fat globules and less of the problematic type of casein protein

We enjoyed this as a yummy appetizer and then had organic grass-fed grilled steak with my Kale & Beet Chopped Salad.

I hope you try out this salad and it makes your taste buds JOYOUS! :)

Aug 25, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy
8 Comments
Gail @ Rese Activewear   •   August 25, 2015

Mmmm I love the idea of cherry tomatoes and goat cheese. Thanks for sharing. You pictures were amazing too! I agree nothing better than home grown veggies. These are my favorite!

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Joy McCarthy   •   August 25, 2015

Thanks Gail! Glad you liked the pics... real food is always so pretty ;)


Curtis @ Freedom Reigns   •   August 25, 2015

I like the idea of drizzling. That tea also looks delicious. Thanks for posting simple recipes, the best kind.

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Joy McCarthy   •   August 25, 2015

My pleasure! Thanks for your comment.


Savannah   •   August 26, 2015

I want to share your Joy! Will you add Savannah to your mailing list?(above) She's my daughter and I'm sure would enjoy trying many of these recipes! Very truly, Tanya Gibson: )

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Savannah   •   August 26, 2015

I want to share your Joy! Will you add Savannah to your mailing list?(above) She's my daughter and I'm sure would enjoy trying many of these recipes! Very truly, Tanya: )

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David   •   August 27, 2015

You've forgotten the goat's cheese in the ingredients list. Nice recipe tho'. Would be nice to add a sprinkling of crushed walnuts.

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   August 27, 2015

Hi David, It's in there, right under the onions. Kate - Joyous Health Team


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