Tomato Basil Salad

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
Recipe type: 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 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon 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!

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  1. 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 :)

    • Thanks, Mikelle :) Enjoy all the fresh tomatoes!

  2. Where’s the mozzarella?! :)

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

    • 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 :)

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

  4. 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.