Summer’s End Cherry Tomato Salad

by lydia on September 5, 2015

This summer my dad and I collaborated, and had two garden plots at our local park. For some reason my dad started about 100 tomato plants from seed – no exaggeration -and we ended up with tomatoes galore. This past week the cherry tomatoes were bursting forth.

I am still reveling in the abundance from the garden and enjoy going to pick the ruby red jewels from each plant. Yet, I find myself a little overwhelmed with what to do with them all. Egads!

A quick and easy salad solved my dilemma and I got to share some yummy garden eats with family and friends. I think you too will also love how easy this recipe is to whip up and enjoy! That’s the beauty of summer – fresh food fast!

Cherry Tomato Sal


Summer's End Cherry Tomato Salad
  • 8 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 green onions, green part only thinly sliced
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp garlic olive oil
  • Chopped Kalamata olives (optional)
  • Coarse celtic sea salt
  • Cracked White Pepper
  1. Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and serve. It's that simple.

Since my job is to help balance my clients minerals, I thought it might be rather eye opening to take a peek at the mineral content of this salad. I’m sure it’s not something most of us think about. ” Am I getting enough minerals in my diet?” Or even in a given meal or day. So here is a quick snap shot of the key minerals you can expect to get, generally speaking, in this particular salad.

I used this site to get my mineral amounts.  Keep in mind, the food is only as mineral rich as the soil it was raised in.

Mineral Breakdown of Main Ingredients

1 cup cherry tomatoes

  • Calcium = 14.9 mg
  • Magnesium = 16.4 mg
  • Phosphorous = 35.8
  • Potassium = 353 mg
  • Sodium = 7.5 mg
  • Small amounts of other trace minerals

1 cup green onions:

  • Calcium = 72.0 mg
  • Magnesium = 20.0 mg
  • Sodium= 16.0 mg
  • Potassium = 276 mg
  • Phosphorous = 37.0 mg
  • Small amounts of other trace minerals

1 cup cilantro:

  • Calcium  = 10.8 mg
  • Magnesium = 4 mg
  • Sodium = 7.2 mg
  • Potassium = 83.2 mg
  • Phosphorous = 7.6 mg

Thankfully, there is a nice hit of potassium per serving. Potassium is a key mineral for energy and most people are quite deficient in it these days. Adults need around 3500 to 5500 mg per day and this amount increases when tissue stores are low.

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