Healthy Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salsa

With the tomato-growing season in full swing, now’s the time to get your lycopene fix.

By: Ali Eaves

There’s nothing better than a fresh, local, vine-ripened tomato—except maybe a fresh, local, vine-ripened heirloom tomato.

Registered dietitian Cheryl Harris shared this salsa recipe that stars heirloom tomatoes, which are grown for their phenomenal taste rather than their looks.

“Tomatoes are super-high in antioxidants and a wonderful source of lycopene and beta carotene,” Harris says. “Both are absorbed much better when eaten with good fats, such as avocado.”

A little bit of cayenne pepper gives the salsa just the right amount of kick. She suggests serving it with black beans and quinoa or rice to make a well-rounded lunch, or over a mild white fish for dinner. (It’s also pretty good with a spoon!)

Yield: 4 servings
Per-serving nutrition: 100 calories, 7 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 10 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 3 grams sugar, 2 grams protein

Ingredients:
1 avocado, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 heirloom tomato, diced
½ sweet pepper, diced
1 shallot, finely minced
Handful of chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne
Salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
Freshly squeezed juice of one lime

Mix everything together and enjoy.

Cheryl Harris, of Harris Whole Health, is a wellness coach and a registered and licensed dietitian. She is also the author of the blog Gluten Free Goodness

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