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This cucumber tomato salad is a big hit even if you don’t like salads! With hydrating botanical fruits like cucumbers and tomatoes, and curve building protein packed hemp seeds, this cucumber tomato salad will keep you both full and hydrated this summer.
So you know how it is said that all vegans eat are salads? Well they must of forgot about me because I am NOT a fan of salads. That’s one the BIGGEST myth about vegans (right next us being protein deficient). I always looked at salads as “rabbit food” (yea I know that sounds awful, don’t judge me lol). Plus salads aren’t the first thing I think about when building curves. But, *sigh*, salads can be very healthy for one’s health so I have my ways to incorporate more of them into my diet. I like this salad because it contains the most perfect source in the world; fruit! The botanical fruits of cucumbers and tomatoes make the base of this salad.
Both cucumbers and tomatoes are vegetables for culinary reasons but are fruits in the botany world. A fruit is the seed bearing part of a flower or a ripened ovary that contains seeds. Both tomatoes and cucumbers fit that description. Cucumbers and tomatoes have numerous of benefits:
- 95% water so an ideal food for hydration
- excellent source of silica which is good for joints
- can be beneficial for soothing inflammation when applied topically
- Contains about 40% of vitamin C
- Has lycopene which is an antioxidant
- like cucumbers it has benefits that can improve the skin
Vegan Curve Building Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds contain all 20 amino acids (which is what some would call a complete protein). This is my little trick I speak about my article What Does A Curvy Vegan Eat. Adding calorie dense foods (like hemp seeds) to naturally low calorie foods are what makes your dish curve building. See how easy it is to get enough calories on a plant based diet?
Maybe you do not feel the way I feel about salads (if so that is a good thing! lol) However if you aren’t the biggest fan like me, you will like this one. Try adding sliced almonds, raisins, and/or dried cranberries to jazz up this dish even more. Enjoy!
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Hemp Cucumber Tomato Salad
- 2 cups of chopped cucumber
- 1/2 cup of chopped cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1 fully squeezed lemon or lime
- 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro leaves and stems
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of agave nectar
- 1/4 cup of hemp seeds
- Rinse tomatoes, onion, and cucumbers. Chop on a cutting board and add to bowl.
- Squeeze lime or lemon juice into a measuring cup. Add oil, agave nectar, and cilantro. Mix well.
- Pour lime/lemon juice mixture onto cucumber salad mixture and toss well.
- Sprinkle hemp seeds on salad and toss.
- Set in the refrigerator for a least 30 minutes so that flavors will set
- Serve salad within a couple of days.