Thanks so much to the lovely Mikaela Reuben for sharing this incredible recipe with our readers! This unique & refreshing Savoury Fruit Salad is absolutely to die for and will impress at any backyard BBQ – it is the quintessential summertime MUST-TRY!
MR: So here it is. A summertime fruit salad with local produce!
Red peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries are actually technically all fruit. This more savoury version of a fruit salad features some of my favorite herbs!: tarragon, chive, mint, basil, and thyme.
Many herbs are packed full of antioxidants, in particular thyme, basil, oregano and sage! These flavor-filled antioxidant-packed delicate herbs are a great addition to most meals and a wonderful way to add more flavour without adding more fat/salt/”bad stuff”. Additionally, the tomatoes and red peppers contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that provides protection against sun damage of the sun of your skin for the summer months.
2 pints of grape tomatoes – sliced in half through the middle (not lengthwise)
1⁄4 cup + 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Fresh ground pepper
5 large cloves of garlic
2 cups finely chopped fresh strawberries
3 cups small chopped cucumber – approximately 1 large cucumber
1 cup of finely chopped red pepper
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1⁄4 cup nutritional Yeast
1/8 braggs amino acid
2 tablespoons tarragon – finely chopped
2 tablespoons basil – finely chopped
2 tablespoons chives – finely chopped
1 teaspoon of thyme – heaping and packed – put in 2 if you like the taste
1 tablespoon of mint – finely chopped and packed
Set oven to 350° (mine is a gas oven).
Chop all the tomatoes in half down the centre – not lengthwise – unless the tomatoes are on the bigger side then cut them into quarters, should be no more than 1.5 cm long. Toss half of the tomatoes in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a large clove of pressed garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and put into the oven on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Take out to cool completely when finished.
Chop the strawberries, cucumber, and red pepper into small uniform pieces – the smaller the better!
Herb dressing: mix the 1⁄4 cup olive oil, 4 pressed large cloves of garlic, the braggs, the nutritional yeast and all the herbs. Stir well and add fresh pepper.
Mix the fruit with the herb dressing and the cooled tomatoes.
Taste and add more of any herb desired, another sprinkle of pepper, and more of anything you think it needs! Top with some more of your favourite herb(s) to garnish & enjoy!