I have always loved growing up in an Italian household where gardening is such an important ritual. We love to grow fresh basil, parsley, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and more. My favorite part is taking a 30-second walk, barefoot in the backyard, on a sunny day to grab some fresh and organic herbs and vegetables. There is nothing more delicious than the combination of fresh basil and cherry tomatoes.
This cherry tomato and basil salad, paired with a delicious nutty and balsamic cashew dip, is a great snack or side to pay homage to this. It's time-friendly to create and packed with delicious flavors and nutrients. I love taking a fork full of tomato with basil and bocconcini ball and then slipping it into this dip. The aroma of the fresh basil and balsamic brings so much of my Italian roots home. I can almost hear my Italian Nonna yell “mangiare, mangie!” when it’s time to dive into these delicious foods.
Another ingredient I love to use in this recipe is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. It easily dissolves and has great benefits, including hair, skin, nails and joint support!**
This summer, I hope you have the chance to enjoy this tasty salad. I promise it's one you and your family will love, as mine does.
Yields 4-6 Servings