This past weekend, our friends visited and they brought us a cookbook called Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi. I made two recipes so far, and they were both outstanding. This is truly a beautiful book and this guy is a genius. I highly recommend it — I will be cooking my way through it for certain.
Anyways, so this post really doesn’t have to do with that book but I wanted to recommend it. I’m really here because I want to share a recipe I just made up tonight. It’s hot and I worked all day and I’m tired. (WAH!) I had these ingredients on hand and didn’t feel like putting much effort into dinner, nor did I feel like eating something hot. So I made this salad below and it’s so delicious! I am eagerly welcoming summer foods and flavors, even though technically some of these things aren’t quite in season just yet. I have been adding buckets of scallions to everything as of late. Scallions, like all vegetables in the allium family, (as well as vegetables outside of the allium family) are good for you! They may even reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. This should come as no surprise but it’s worth reiterating: more fruits and vegetables in your diet = better. It’s a good idea to move towards a more plant-centered diet, where fruits and vegetables are abundant, and away from a meat-centered diet.
- 3 ears of corn, corn cut off of cob (or frozen corn)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- salt & pepper
- 4-6 oz fresh mozzerella, cut into cubes
- 1 avocado, cut into cubes
- 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced (both white and green parts)
- Red Wine Vinaigrette (thanks, Giada! I make this dressing regularly, it is one of my favorites, closely followed by this one.)
1) Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss the corn with the halved grape tomatoes, garlic, 1-2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes, until corn slightly browns. Cool ~5 minutes.
2) Toss with avocado, mozzarella, dill, scallions and enough red wine vinaigrette to coat. Toss, adjust seasonings and enjoy! This is great by itself or makes a great side dish.