Growing up in an Italian household, tomatoes and basil were abundant (my parents grew them in their garden) and olive oil was on tap (just kidding 😉 ). Some of my fondest childhood memories of family get togethers always had this tomato and basil salad served as an appetizer. Little did I know at the time, this combo is a total knockout when it comes to nutrition. The tomatoes and olive oil provide important vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients on their own but when combined, they are a powerhouse that help fight inflammation and prevent disease. No matter how hard we try, food science can’t recreate what these foods provide on their own. Plus it's simple to make and delicious. Buon appetito!