Living in Italian: Tomato Oregano Salad
Oregano is native to the Mediterranean and is an essential herb in Southern Italian cuisine. This warm, slightly bitter herb belongs to the mint family, along with other herbs like basil, rosemary, and marjoram. Fresh oregano is more aromatic, but can still be enjoyed in its dried form. Oregano is perfectly paired with tomatoes and other Mediterranean herbs!
1 sprig Oregano
2 Plum tomatoes, chopped
1/8 tsp Sea salt
1 tbsp Olive oil
2 Fette Biscottate (Italian crackers)
Chop the tomatoes and Fette Biscottate into medium pieces and place into a bowl
Add the olive oil and sea salt
Tear the fresh oregano leaves and add to bowl
Toss all of the ingredients together and serve as a cold salad!
Oregano is high in vitamin K, manganese, fiber and an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect the body against free radicals and fight against cancer, heart disease, and other health conditions. Oregano also has strong anti-microbial properties, preventing bacterial growth and using it in marinades for meat can help to reduce the risk of food borne illness. Tomatoes are also rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and the antioxidant lycopene. Pairing oregano with tomatoes doubles the anti-oxidant punch!