Sergei and Valya Boutenko’s Delicious Tomato-Basil Citrus Salad

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Whether you are a raw foods connoisseur or simply a curious foodie, the following recipe from Fresh: The Ultimate Live-Food Cookbook is sure to prove a crowd pleaser. Certified raw food chefs Sergei and Valya Boutenko encourage readers to alter and add to their recipes, creating your own masterpiece.


1 medium grapefruit, peeled, seeded, and chopped
3–4 medium-ripe tomatoes (preferably from a farmers’ market), sliced thin
½ bunch fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Be sure to peel the inner skin off the grapefruit. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. Chop additional amount of basil and spread over top of clean plate. With an ice-cream scoop, scoop out one serving of salad and place atop basil on plate. Garnish with seasonal fruits and veggies. Repeat process for each additional plate. Yields 4–5 scoops of salad.

From Fresh: The Ultimate Live-Food Cookbook by Sergei and Valya Boutenko, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2008 by Sergei and Valya Boutenko. Reprinted by permission of publisher.

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One Response to Sergei and Valya Boutenko’s Delicious Tomato-Basil Citrus Salad

  1. Looks great! I am jazzed about getting a copy of your book. thank you both for staying on the path. Looks like life is guiding both of your hearts in wonder ways.

    i spent some time in Panama and completely a 6 week water fast at Tanglewood Wellness Center and afterwards creating some amazing works of art for the center while enjoying a Frugivours diet… The jungle life is sooooooooo inspiring to all my senses and the availability of all the foods I love is such a gift… I would really like to show you my art work since the days of Manna Cafe and see what is coming through you as well. Do you have a web site for your art work Valya? If so please tune me in…

    Also I was wondering if you could send me any photos you may have of our mural. I have none and I would really appreciate some documentation of that process. I am on my way to Florida after I finish up an art project here in Boulder Colorado. WOW! Life is really so intelligent and wondrous AS IT IS.

    Cheers!!! and hope to hear form you soon.



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