It’s true that the simple things are best.
This Tuscan salad is so satisfying and bursting with bright flavours, you can add feta and black olives for more of a Greek vibe but it’s fantastic as it is. It’s perfect for using up ends of loaves (not your plastic bread but the real mccoy like sourdough) and improves if left to develop for 20-30 mins.
I actually don’t measure anything, I just throw in what looks right!
Simply combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, leave to stand for 20 mins (optional), transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a pokey antioxidant. Antioxidants are like bouncers at a night club, they go around finding stray electrons that are busy causing trouble in your body, and find them a love partner so they can both stay in and cuddle on the sofa.
Tomatoes are also a brilliant source of vitamin C, which supports skin and connective tissue health as well as immunity and iron absorption. The biotin in tomatoes is good for controlling blood sugar.
Cucumber falls into the same family as melon and is a good source of flavonoids, vitamin K and molybdenum. Molybdenum, acts like a catalyst to many processes that take place in the body, such as the action of certain enzymes – a spark plug if you will. With its skin kept on it’s also a good source of fibre to nourish your vitally important gut microbes.
Sourdough bread is more easily digestible and more sustaining than mass-produced ‘Chorleywood’ bread. It uses natural yeasts, grown in a culture of flour and water and its slow ferment time means your gut is spared the fermentation. Its chewiness and density mean it takes longer to break down and gives far less of a blood sugar spike than highly processed breads. Its lack of additives such as emulsifiers makes it kinder and less inflammatory.
Sourdough bread contains over thirty strains of beneficial bacteria and yeasts which help the gut to build and maintain healthy bacteria. It’s a natural probiotic food – the gut is our second brain and strongly influences overall health.
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