With summer well upon us, it’s the perfect time for a delicious tomato salad recipe.
The tomato is a wonderfully flexible fruit.
Yes, tomatoes are actually fruits that are considered vegetables by nutritionists.
Some will say they are both, and that no other fruit/vegetable crosses that line as well.
But scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit.
The unique thing about this tomato salad that makes it so refreshing is the addition of pomegranate molasses.
Pomegranate molasses is essentially pomegranate juice that has been boiled down to create a syrup.
The origins of which was probably developed as a way to preserve pomegranates.
Pomegranate molasses is a big part of the flavors of foods from the Middle East, it is used in a lot of different dishes giving them a bit of a zing that brings to life some foods that would otherwise have less to offer in the way of taste on their own.
It is a definite must have ingredient in your kitchen which will allow you to add a unique depth of flavor to your food.
Pomegranates are very popular in this part of the world, in all its forms.
Pomegranate juice is also popular here, and something I very much love the taste of.
Nothing beats a big glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice in my view.
It reminds me of being in the Old City of Jerusalem where a pomegranate juice is a popular drink.
So much flavor!
Really worth trying.
The word pomegranate comes from medieval Latin meaning ‘seeded apple’ and describes the fruit of a shrub or small tree that originated in what is current day Iran and northern India.
It was one of the first trees to be domesticated in the Mediterranean region, domesticated in the 5th millennium BC.
In ancient Egypt the pomegranate was a symbol of ambition and prosperity.
It is said that pomegranates cure stomach disorders, reduce heart problems, prevent cancer, provide dental care, prevent osteoarthritis, treats anemia, controls diabetes, prevents erectile dysfunction, wards of infections, and the Ancient Egyptians even used pomegranates to treat tapeworms.
So what’s not to like about pomegranates?!
This weekend my cousin was in town for a visit from London, we had a movie night in the backyard, while eating homemade salsa and chips.
It had been quite a while since I’d watched one of my films, but it made me think that I should definitely make a film that is about food.
Just need to come up with a good story. If you have any ideas, let me know!
Stick to the recipe or put your favorite things in to complement what you already have.
And as always let me know what variations you come up with!
Happy salad making, happy summer, and happy experimentation!
- Add all ingredients to salad bowl and mix thoroughly.