Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Phyto What?

The word, PHYTOCHEMICAL says a lot .  It refers to a revolution in understanding the amazing benefits of substances in plants that sweep toxins out of cells and prevent damage to cell DNA.  For me in the arugula salad below, the phytochemical freshness of vegetables taste of great health.  I make the time to shop for quality produce.  Quality does not mean expensive, it means a quality grown product.  I add 'priced right' as I am always value minded.  Enjoy.

Arugula Salad with Cucumber, Radish, Tomato and Pine nuts
2    bunches of arugula, washed and torn into bite size pieces
½    garden cucumber, sliced thin and then in half moons
4     medium sized radish, sliced thin
½    cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
3     tbl pinenuts, toasted
3     tbl parmesan cheese,  shaved
3     tbl olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the ingredients in a bowl.  Drizzle the olive oil around the sides of the bowl.  Sprinkle the ingredients with the lemon juice and salt and pepper .  Toss and plate.