Saturday, June 7, 2008


Pasta salad with corn and roasted peppers (recipe in the comments)

Hot tea
Cinnamon grahams
This is the perfect summer one dish meal. Even better it's the perfect EARLY summer one dish meal, because it's cooling but doesn't rely on the fresh ingredients that aren't really at their peak until August. Frozen corn, jarred roasted peppers, and grape tomatoes (typically good even this early in the season) give this salad a summer-y feel before you've even seen a tomato flower on your vines. We originally planned to try this the week T was born (about 2 weeks early) and so, it was, unsurprisingly, put off until last summer. As I said to M the first time we made it, the recipe is worth the wait! This is a summer staple and great to take places as it's good warm or cold and can be vegetarian (beans) or not (tuna). It's a one dish meal (chock full of veggies and proteins), so it's ideal for picnics. Yes, I cannot sing its praises enough. Try it - you'll sing too.

Prep Notes
Difficulty: Easy
Chopping: Peppers, garlic, grape tomatoes, onion, cilantro, avocado, Jack cheese
Time: 35 minutes
Make ahead: Absolutely!

J: "The signature salad of June."
M: "So good! So good!"

1 comment:

J said...

Pasta Salad with Corn and Roasted Peppers – M & J (inspired by Cooking Light)
Serves 4

8 oz pennete or other small tubular pasta
Juice from 1 lime
1 T extra virgin olive oil
¾ t salt
½ t pepper
½ t ground cumin
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1 can tuna, drained and flaked (or one 15-oz can chickpeas, navy beans, or great northern beans, drained and rinsed)
6 oz jar of roasted peppers (preferably a mix of red and yellow), drained (UN-RINSED) and coarsely chopped
½ cup corn
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 avocado, peeled and chopped
½ cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese

Cook pasta and drain.

Combine lime juice, oil, salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic in a jar and shake well. Add tuna to a large serving bowl and flake with a fork (If using beans, add with other ingredients). Add pasta and remaining ingredients to bowl. Drizzle with dressing and toss gently to combine. Make sure dressing is evenly distributed.