ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – Echo Press staff members here competed this summer to see who could make the tastiest healthy snack as part of the newspaper’s culture team’s “Healthy Snack Contest.”
There were 11 entries ranging from a scrumptious grape salad to homemade salsa, but Shirley Helberg captured the crown for “Best Healthy Snack.” with her bruschetta. She received a gift certificate and other items from a local health food store.
Here is the winning recipe:
Combine in a large bowl:
- 9 Roma tomatoes – cut into quarters lengthwise and remove veins and seeds – cut into small cubes
- 9-10 basil leaves – (I rolled the leaves together and cut into small pieces.)
- 2 garlic cloves (I just used the minced garlic in a jar and put in a HEAPING teaspoonful)
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Next, stir everything together and refrigerate a few hours. Serve with toasted french bread slices.
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