TOMATOES, RICOTTA SALATA + AVOCADO SALAD (W/ VEGAN ALTERNATIVE)


There is nothing quite like fresh tomatoes in the summer.  Delicious, sweet and plump, to me they are simply the star of the summer table not only because of their colors but because they do not need a lot of fuss or preparation to make quite an impact.

It is the perfect vegetable (or fruit)… a blank slate.  And my favorite way to eat them (aside from eating them as if they were apples) is with a few ingredients to enhance—no detract—from their awesomeness.  And this summer salad is the perfect example of that.  Full of flavor and bright beautiful colors, this salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  





For this salad, I use basil, avocados and one of my new favorite cheeses—ricotta salata.  If you have not tried a ricotta salata, it is a smooth, firm sheep's milk cheese that's lightly salted. Actually ‘salata’ means salted.  And I love to use it as a punctuation mark on a dish.  Here it works beautifully against the slightly acidic tomatoes because it balances the dish. 

All together, they work to create a salad that epitomizes what summer flavors is all about.  Now fitness wise, this is a salad that is healthy because it is not laden with sauces or dressings and it is shock full of fresh ingredients and healthy fats.  You cannot go wrong with it.  

TOMATOES, RICOTTA SALATA + AVOCADO SALAD 
By The Fit Plate

Ingredients

1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
1/3 cup ricotta salata
1/3 cup basil, chiffenade
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Preparation
1.  In a bowl toss together the tomatoes with the half of the basil, olive, salt and pepper, and let it set aside for the flavors to combine, about 20 mins.  The longer the better the flavors will combine.

** Remember that the ricotta salata is slightly salty so go lightly on salting the tomatoes.

2.  On a plate, serve the tomatoes concoction, sprinkle the ricotta and garnish with additional basil ribbons.

Vegan option: replace the ricotta salata with a vegan alternative like a macadamia ricotta salata or a firm "cheese".  These days the vegan alternatives to cheese are endless.



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3 comments :

  1. This looks so refreshing! Thanks for linking up!

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  2. Tomato and fresh Mozz is my favorite go to summer salad and snack. The tomatoes are just so good right now. I like a little balsamic too. Thanks for linking up for meatless Monday today

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  3. This looks so fresh and delicious, I need to pick up more tomatoes asap! Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

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