- Anti-inflammatory, Gluten-free, Vegan, Packed with Antioxidants
- No Refined Sugar
- Takes less than 10 minutes to make!
- Packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, and Many More!
- Simple, Easy, Fast
- Light & Refreshing
Fusion Beauty Salad: Lychee and Tomato Salad with Lemongrass Dressing
(1) 7+ Lychees
(2) 4 Stalks of Lemongrass
(3) 7+ Cherry Tomatos
(4) 1 Teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(5) Himalayan Salt
(7) 8-10 chopped Mint Leaves *You don’t want too many mint leaves to override the flavor
(8) 4-5 Spears of Asparagus
Preparation (Takes less than 10 minutes to make!):
Wash (1) (2) (3) (7) (8) with filtered water.
Peel and pit (1). Cut each into half. Cut (3) into half.
Juice (2) in juicer.
Mix (1) (2) (3) (7) together in salad bowl.
Add (4), and a pinch of (5) and (6).
* If you want to add (8) to the mix, boil (8) for 2-3 minutes in low-heat to preserve its nutrients, then add (8) to mix.
Voila! Its ready to serve!
Lychee is a great source of:
Vitamin C: According to USDA, 100 g fresh fruits provide 72 mg or over 100% of DV. It provides protection against free-radical damage, and assist in iron absorption.
Lychee is also a good source of vitamin B-complex, copper, phosphorus, and potassium.
The April 2011 issue of the “British Journal of Nutrition” states oligonol in lychee acts as an antioxidant by protecting the body from the inflammatory process caused by free radicals, and prevents excess fatty deposit build-up in the liver.
Tomatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin C, A and K. According to whfoods, tomatoes are a very good source of potassium, vitamin B6, folate, dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium, niacin, vitamin E, iron, vitamin B1, and phosphorus, protein and copper!
Tomatoes are rich in carotenoid, protecting cells and tissues from free radicals and oxidative damage which accelerates aging.
Lemongrass is native to India and tropical Asia and has a subtle citrus yet slightly “minty” flavor that is very distinct.
Lemongrass is also a rich source of:
Iron, which transports oxygen into your body through your red blood cells. This nutrient is particularly important for athletes, because iron can be excreted through sweat, and muscles need iron to transport oxygen to muscles which is crucial when you’re working out! Without sufficient iron, you may feel fatigued!
Potassium, which prevents muscle cramps during/after working out!
Why Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
Extra virgin olive oil is a good source of:
Oleic acid, which increases level of HDL, the healthy cholesterol, and decreases level of unhealthy LDL cholesterol
Polyphenols, which are anti-inflammatory (aka makes you have better looking skin)
According to Dr. Perricone, extra virgin olive oil can improve digestion, stimulate bone growth, and has significant anti-aging benefits.
Most importantly, you want some fat with tomatoes because the lycopene (carotenoids) in tomato is better absorbed when some good fat is present.
I suggest using extra virgin olive oil because it is unrefined, and can thus preserve more nutritional content.
P.S. Did you know that lychee is also claimed to be a Natural Cancer Treatment?