Summer slowly winds down.. but in my garden the tomatoes are still vibrant, peppers still prospering, herbs still waiting to be picked. As we planned a picnic in the countryside, I filled my basket with the garden goodness. This fresh tomato and roasted corn salad is packable for a good picnic. The orzo was a add on to give it some body, the herbs pull it all together.
The dressing? well there is no dressing, the sprinkling of olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice is all you need to bring together the fresh herbs.
The flatbread is a yeast dough made with spelt flour. I cooked it in a 450 degree oven for 10 mins until browned.
Garden Tomato and Roasted Corn Salad
Garden fresh cherry or any tomatoes – chopped
1 cup cooked Orzo
2 cups corn ( fresh or frozen)
1 and 1/2 cup chopped Herbs – Basil, oregano, parsley, thyme
1 tsp lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp good olive oil
1 finely chopped green chili pepper
Sea Salt and black pepper
Putting it together
Pour olive oil and sprinkle salt over the chopped tomatoes and put aside.
Roast corn in a pan with a tiny bit of olive oil and thyme leaves until the corn is browned and toasted, sprinkle some sea salt.
Cook Orzo for 7 mins ( or per directions on your package)
Add corn and orzo to the tomatoes, add all the herbs, lemon zest and lemon juice.
Add chopped green pepper.
Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Pack it up with some good homemade spelt flatbread and goat cheese and you are set for a great picnic.