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Sicilian Tomato & Basil Salad a la Hemp

Around this time of the year my family is involved in making and canning tomato sauce. Traditionally they make enough so that they have at least a year’s worth on hand, as they have done for centuries. Frankly though, I still prefer eating my tomatoes freshly picked off the vines from my parents’ garden, especially around this time of the year. I prefer them simply prepared as a salad on their own with some simple additions.

This tomato salad is prepared just the way my mama made it, with just a wee personal touch—hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are rich in protein and fatty acids. They also contain lots of minerals including zinc, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron.

Give this juicy recipe a try before fresh tomato season is over.

Sicilian Tomato & Basil Salad a la Hemp


  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 tomatoes
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Hemp seeds (optional for added protein)
  • 3 to 4 leaves of basil


Slice sweet onions into thin strips, add 1 tsp of salt, and set aside for 15 minutes. In the meantime cut tomatoes into wedges. Rinse onions and add to tomatoes. Add olive oil and salt to taste. Add hemp seeds if desired. Garnish with sweet basil leaves.



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