Tomato and Plum Salad, with homemade vinaigrette
This is a spectacular salad full of healthy nutritions, colors and it is incredible then paired with meat or veggie burger- my favorite!
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month, I decided to "GO PURPLE" with my menu and bring awareness and advocacy to those with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Plums are considered to have very important benefits in cognitive health. Plums reduce inflammation in neurological areas improving the ability to learn and remember information.
The Best Tomatoes are in Poland
When I think about growing up in Poland I always think about different smells, tastes and images. Every time I look at my photos from Poland I jump back in time. For some reason plums and tomatoes are burned deep in my mind and every time I smell them I think of my mom's fresh bread with butter and tomato sandwich or the prune compote.
I researched it and I am not so far from the truth in the tomato and plum issues. There are around 100 000 tons of plums and prunes produced in Poland and we are the 5th biggest producer in Europe since exporting 99,000 tons since joining the EU. No matter what the statistics says, the best tasting tomatoes are in Poland.
Servings: 4 Total Time: 20 min
prep time: 20 min
3 plums (pitted)
3 tomatoes (corded, in different colors)
½ purple onion
Bunch of chives (or scallions)
3 tbsp of olive oil
Juice from ½ lemon
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp of maple syrup
Salt and pepper
Step by Step
Wash all vegetables and fruits before eating and cutting
Start with the vinaigrette. In a jar mix all the ingredients, close the jar and shake it well. Set a side.
Wash the plums and tomatoes and let dry them. Take the peeled onion and slice it thinly. Dried vegetables, cut into wedges. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing ball, and gently using salad spoons (or big table spoons) mix them together.
Take the vinaigrette and shake it one more time before pouring it on the salad.
Transfer the salad onto a serving dish, and sprinkle with the chopped chives.
I like to skin my tomatoes, however the process for doing so might be slightly annoying, and if you do not know how they might come up as tomato sauce instead of a whole tomato.
Remember to vary the numbers of plums and tomatoes according to their sizes; they should be equal in portions, cut into wedges of similar size.