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The best part of summer

Heirloom tomatoes are perfect for picking in the summer months
Heirloom tomatoes are perfect for picking in the summer months
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Summer brings so many good things with it and anyone who's a foodie knows that this is the best time of year for ripe, fresh produce.

An easy way to get more vitamins in your diet is to take advantage of the available fruits and vegetables lined up for the taking at local farmers markets.  You're sure to notice the abundance of varieties that spring up during the summer months and enhance any dinner table.

A favorite selection for most are tomatoes, and the season brings with it a wellknown favorite - heirlooms!  An heirloom tomato is sweeter than regular garden tomatoes and is higher in vitamins A, C, K, potassium, fiber and lycopene. They're available in different shapes and sizes and add rich flavor to summer salads.

If you love tomatoes, be sure to try Summer Tomato Salad Recipe:


  • 1/4 c Champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c shallots
  • 6 ears white corn
  • 1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 c arugula
  • 5-6 heirloom tomatoes

In a large bowl, mix the vinegar and shallots together and let stand for 10 minutes. Next, cut kernels from the corn and whisk together with the olive oil and vinegar mixture. Add the arugula and toss with the dressing. Lastly, dice the tomatoes and toss gently. Transfer the salad to a large platter. Serves 8. 

For more articles from Cleveland Mind and Body Examiner, Angela Minelli, click here.

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