Hot summer days call for refreshing salads. Enjoy this simple, healthy salad that has a bit of a twist!
One major perk of being a food blogger is that I get to meet some truly, amazing people. I met my dear friend, Ally of What’s for Dinner Ally’s Kitchen a few years ago when I first started blogging. Ally is smart, super creative, enthusiastic and an all around wonderful friend. Ally is a world traveler and shares her fun twists on all types of recipes that are easy to follow and delicious! She was very supportive when I wrote both of my cookbooks and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of hers, Ally’s Kitchen, A Passport for Adventurous Palates!
Once I started flipping through the cookbook and all of it’s mouthwatering pictures, I came across this Refreshing Grape Mint Tomato Salad that completely caught my attention. Why have I never thought of that combination? It is amazing. The sweetness of the grapes, the crunch of the purple onion and the fresh mint all come together beautifully.
I let the salad sit in the refrigerator over night. The first day I ate it with raw spinach and white beans. The second day I wrapped it up in a tortilla with scrambled eggs (it might sound random but it was AWESOME!)
- 1½ cups diced tomatoes
- ½ cup diced purple onion
- 1½ cups grapes, sliced in halves
- 1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh mint
- zest and juice from ½ lemon
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the tomato, onion, grapes, mint, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil.
- Toss to coat.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- refrigerate at least one hour before serving to combine every luscious, refreshing flavor.
I told you it was easy!
Ok, so right as I was about to take this picture, a big thunderstorm hit and all of my natural light went away. That is why this is a little tiny bit dark, but you get the picture. No pun intended!
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Feel free to check out Ally, all over the place!
Ally’s Kitchen website: http://www.allyskitchen.com/
Cookbook Trailer (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyN6MCS8zBE
Blog Tour Page: http://blog.cedarfort.com/blog-tour-allys-kitchen/
Ally’s cookbook was released in bookstores on May 12th and it can be ordered online at:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/allys-kitchen-alice-phillips/1120728889?ean=9781462115464