Tomato Basil Salad

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on July 13, 2012

Just 18 days until the life I’ve always dreamed for myself begins. The suspense is killing me!

Pushing myself to travel to India alone, despite my fears and reservations, helped me to believe in myself – a gift that no one can take away from you.

It also happens to be a gift that may result in you coming home, quitting your job and joining the circus.

Consider yourself warned.

As an ode to India self realization, I figured it was about time I recreate the tomato basil salad that I feasted on throughout my time in Varkala – the part of my trip that was filled with fabulous food, meaningful conversations and lots of beach yoga.

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Tomato Basil Salad
Allergens: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
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Serves: 1.5 cups, 2 servings
Refreshing tomato salad with leaves of fresh basil, drenched in a white wine vinaigrette.
  • 4 hot house tomatoes, cut in wedges
  • 10 small basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. Combine tomato wedges and basil leaves in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over top tomato mixture and stir to coat.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.
  4. Add hemp seeds, goat cheese, or chickpeas for extra protein!

What life do you dream for yourself?

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

18 days-wow! Almost there! I am excited for you, too, to start this next chapter of your life. Good luck :D



So exciting!! I totally believe that life is too short not to do what you love! Sometimes, you might have to take steps that lead you to that place that are only temporary but I believe the same…we all are meant to do what we love! Happy for you!!!


Erica { }

I’m so happy for you! Pursuing your dreams can be scary as hell but so rewarding!

I also really wish my basil plant hadn’t totally died on me last week now :/


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh no! My herbs died on me the other day, too. All my fault though, completely forgot to water them!



I’m so excited for you Leanne! You must be eagerly counting down the days. I am off to grad school in September and cannot wait! Look forward to a new chapter and new adventures!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Woooohooooo freedom is so so close Leanne!! :) And PS, AMAZING photos this morning! I always have trouble photographing red things for some reason – they seem to come out kind of over-exposed or unnatural looking. Did you use a macro lens for these shots?


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I WISH I had a macro lens, zomg. Nope, just stole Kevin’s 7D with 24-70mm lens and went to town. I seem to be stealing his camera a lot lately. I’m usually pretty good with wiping the flour, chocolate, and bacon grease off of it so he is none the wiser… but I missed a spot last time. Doh! I have a really hard time photographing chocolate. My gosh, tests my patience every single time!


Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

How exciting! I’m actually living my dream right now. It feels weird to say that, but it’s true. Becoming a personal training/fitness nutritionist has always been a dream of mine. I’m loving every second of it too! The salad looks perfect too LeAnne! My favorite summertime salad!



That salad looks so summery and delicious! Wish my basil plants would have grown! Hmm, the life I dream for myself? Traveling the world, saving rainforests. Will it happen? One day :)


katie @KatieDid

omg this came up fast! 18 days wow, I’m so happy you’re following your heart now.


Averie @ Averie Cooks

tomato and basil fresh salads are just….summertime! Love this!

and 18 days…woo hoo!


Melissa Waldron

I love raw tomato and fresh basil!

I have been following your blog for a few months now and I just wanted to say how amazing your blog is! You update practically every day, are super healthy but not too restrictive, and you are CREATIVE, which I totally love! I don’t say this lightly, but you are my favorite blog and though I follow a ton of cooking and recipe blogs, yours and CCK’s blogs are the only ones I’ve ever actually been inspired to try recipes from! I’m an avid healthy cooker myself and it’s so hard to find bloggers out there who really step outside the ‘norm’ as far as cooking methods, ingredients, writing style, and health – a woman after my own heart! :D Anyway, thanks for putting your passions out into the world!
-Melissa :)


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Melissa, thank you for your incredibly warm comment! Wow, I’m honored that I’m among your favorites and that my recipes inspire you to try new things in the kitchen. I hope you’re having a fabulous morning :)


Little Sis

Looks beautiful… and congratulations on pursuing a dream. A trip like that will change you forever. AND you get to drink a lot of tea and do a lot of yoga. Sounds like a good plan all around.



YUM!! I made a super simple salad of Cherry Tomatoes (halved ) + Fresh Basil before, and my family loved it. This looks even more tasty!! ;)



Where’s the mozzarella?! :)

I just quit my job to embark on something new as well. Totally scary. I wish you all the best!


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

haha no mozzarella here! Although I’m sure adding it would only make it taste better! Yes, I remember you saying you were on a similar path. I wish you all the best as well :)


Mikelle @ Zen Thyroid

So excited for you as you start your new journey, Leanne. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that it will be amazing since it is clear that you bring your beautiful spirit to everything you do.

This recipe is perfect today becuase I picked up loads of tomatoes at the farmer’s market yesterday! The addition of hemp seeds is a wonderful idea!

Wishing you a very lovely weekend :)


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks, Mikelle :) Enjoy all the fresh tomatoes!


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