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Arthur’s Tomato Salad

Tomatoes at the Saint Helena Farmers Market

by Cheryl Forberg, RD on August 19, 2011

We are smack in the middle of the time of year when farmers market and backyard tomatoes are at their most delicious. Tomatoes, as I wrote here, are also a good-for-you food. I have been enjoying the fruits of my own little farm and wanted to share with you one of my favorite ways to prepare fresh tomatoes. A dear friend of mine, Arthur, enjoyed this dish while growing up in Hawaii. He learned it from his father, who always made it for him, and one day, Arthur shared shared their prized family recipe with me.

Makes 4 servings
1 lb. fresh tomatoes (any kind, but this works best with a larger tomato)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions
Slice the tomatoes about 1/4-inch thick, and layer them in a spiral fashion on a dinner-size plate or platter. Sprinkle with the ginger and drizzle evenly with the soy sauce and vinegar. Garnish evenly with the cilantro.

Try to prepare the dish about a half an hour before serving to give the flavors time to commingle at room temperature. Leftovers are delicious the next day, too!

Nutritional Information (per serving): 22 Calories, 1 g protein; 5 g carbohydrates; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g monounsaturated fat; 1 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 139 mg sodium

Adapted from Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer, Sexier You (Rodale)