If you’ve been following my blog recently then you most likely know that I’ve been posting for sometime now about the importance of sulfur for our health.
In this post, I am going to shift my focus to increasing sulfur level naturally through our diet.
Did you know that of the 20 amino acids present in food, only 2 contain sulfur, and neither are stored in our body?
One of these amino acids, Methionine, cannot be synthesized by our bodies and therefore has to be supplied by the diet. Cysteine, another sulfur-containing amino acid, is synthesized by our body but needs a steady supply of sulfur in order to do.
These amino acids are not normally stored in the body and excess amounts are either eliminated through the urine or in the feces or stored in the form of glutathione.
Glutathione is one of the most potent antioxidants in the body. It has the ability to neutralize free radicals and to detoxify poisonous compounds. Our body uses up to 750 mg of sulfur daily, so we must consume foods containing sulfur every day to keep our body functioning at its peak performance.
In this post, I will share with you how to make a sulfur-rich, healthy, delicious, colorful, simple, and easy avocado tomato salad in 10 minutes.
My Favorite Salad
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I have been making this avocado tomato salad on a weekly basis for several months now. I think I am addicted. It all started with one day that I wanted to make a special lunch for my husband.
Since I am not very good at cooking, I decided to search online for a simple salad recipe using avocado.
Did you know that avocado contains the highest sulfur content among all fruits? Yes, it contains lots of sulfur.
I love avocados, it’s one of my favorite foods. It’s not only healthy but also delicious.
Ever since I discovered this recipe, and with the addition of other ingredients to the original recipe, my husband and I are now both hooked.
How To Make Avocado Tomato Salad In 10 Minutes
READY IN: 10 minutes SERVES: 2
- 1 cup of halved grape tomatoes or any type of tomato you like
- 2 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1/4 cup minced cilantro or parsley
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced English seedless cucumber
- 3/4 cup cashew nuts or any nuts you like
- 1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt or 3/4 teaspoon table salt
Additional Optional Add-Ins
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese or cubed mozzarella or any cheese you like
- 1/2 cup shredded chicken or turkey
1. Place halved grape tomatoes, diced avocado, sliced red onion, minced cilantro, and sliced cucumber in a large serving bowl.
2. Add 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and 1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the salad. Toss gently to combine ingredients.
3. Just before serving, toss with the following ingredients:
- 3/4 cup of cashew nuts or any nuts of your preference ( If you would like your nuts to remain crunchy, I suggest that you add them to your salad just before serving, so they don’t get soggy).
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt or 3/4 teaspoon table salt.
- If you like to spice up the salad, add ½ teaspoon of the red pepper flake. Feel free to add additional optional add-ins for extra deliciousness.
4. Cover the serving bowl with a plastic food wrap and let the ingredients stand for about 5 minutes before serving to blend flavors. Store the salad in the fridge for up to 2 hours.
Important Things To Know
Please keep in mind, if this is the first time you are trying out avocado tomato salad, there is a good chance that you might experience detox symptoms from the salad if your diet consists primarily processed and refined foods.
Without proper understanding, you could panic at these symptoms and believe that avocado tomato salad is the cause of them. You might end up not making the salad or dislike the salad because you became afraid.
Don’t be afraid, if you experience detox symptoms after eating this salad, it is not the avocado tomato salad you ate that causes these symptoms, it’s simply your body’s natural process of trying to eliminate toxins.
Detox symptoms are what you feel when toxins and cellular wastes are mobilized in your body, but not yet eliminated. They are sort of like a double-edged sword. Detox symptoms are the milestone in the detoxifying process.
Unfortunately, they are not a comfortable feeling, but it’s a natural process and it’s doing the job getting rid of bad things that don’t belong in our system.
Nutrition Facts And Benefits
- Grape tomatoes offer flavor without too many calories. They are low in fat, cholesterol free, sodium free and also a great source of fiber. One cup of grape tomatoes only contains only 27 calories, 1.8 grams of fiber, 6 grams of complex carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein.
- Grape tomatoes contain lycopene, vitamin A, and Vitamin C as well as other vitamins and minerals.
- A fruit native to Mexico, avocado (Persea Americana) has a dark green skin with a lighter pulp that is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which is a good fat.
- Avocados also are high in tripeptide, which is formed when three amino acids are bonded together that breaks down to cysteine after digestion. Cysteine is a sulfuric amino acid, making avocados a great source of sulfur.
- Avocados are a heart-healthy nutrient-dense food that provides a substantial amount of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients with relatively few calories. In fact, 1/3 of a medium avocado (50g) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a great nutrient dense food choice.
- Onions are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and with only 45 calories per serving. Onions are free of sodium, fat, and cholesterol, and also provide a number of other key nutrients.
- Onions contain compounds such as allyl sulfides and sulfoxides that may improve heart health and repair tissues in joints.
- Onion is one of the best sources of sulfur. The high sulfur content of red onions alone supports the body’s natural ability to detox.
- Onions are powerful superfoods with anti-cancer, antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. They are packed with beneficial nutrients and compounds.
- Onions are also rich in quercetin, which is a powerful bioflavonoid. Quercetin helps to remove excessive estrogen levels from the body. This antioxidant also stimulates liver function to detoxify estrogen and other cancer-causing agents.
- Cilantro (coriander) is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also a good source of Thiamin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
- Cilantro contains chemicals that help foods stay fresher for longer.
- Cilantro also has anticancer effects and ability to improve skin health.
- 1/4 of a cup of cilantro contains 1 calorie, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, 0 grams of protein, 2 percent daily value of vitamin C and 5 percent daily value of vitamin A.
English Seedless Cucumber
- English seedless cucumber is rich in minerals and vitamins. Eating only one provides you with almost 1/3 of your daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant by blocking damage from free radicals that can cause cancer.
- 1 cup of English seedless cucumber contains 20 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 2 grams of protein, 190 mg of potassium and 4 grams of carbohydrate.
- Cashews are high in sulfur content, which is important in building amino acids and vitamins and is critical to the healthy development of skin, bones, nerve cells and other tissues.
- Cashews are one of the lowest-fiber nuts that are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These include vitamins E, K, and B6, along with minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium, all of which are important for maintaining good bodily function.
Ok, there you have it. I hope you find this recipe and the nutrition facts/benefits helpful.
This avocado tomato salad is so delicious, in fact, I almost make them weekly. I never get tired of eating it. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and loaded with tons of sulfur.
This salad makes the perfect healthy side dish, lunch, and snack. I am confident that you are going to feel great after eating this wholesome homemade avocado tomato salad.
If you decide to try out this recipe, please let me know how it turns out for you in the comments below.
If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns, please leave them in the comments below.