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    Chilled Orzo, Beaming Tomatoes, & Little Buster Zucchini

    Chilled Orzo, Beaming Tomatoes, & Little Buster Zucchini. Photo by Lori Mama

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    Andi of Longmeadow Farm's Note:

    As I proceeded to look under the big leaves that towered over the medium to small sized zucchini's that were obviously hiding from view, I found a coupla of what I call "Little Busters zucchini" smiling up at me. (They are called that because they bust a prolific sweat on my brow hunting for them.) As usual, sweat was forming and puddling on those huge zucchini leaves, the sun was blazing in all its glory during one of those "Dog Days" in rural Maryland mid-August. Even though there was enough to feed every single person on our windy country road, that little zucchini looked perky and delicious. Scratching my head I pondered for a minute. "What could I do to another zucchini that hasn't been done this summer at least 20 times?" (Besides throwing them over the fence.) I spotted Dennis with his sun hat on bending over the tomato patch, with big beaming tomatoes greeting him. After a long afternoon spent weeding through the garden on that blistering afternoon we weren't very hungry, after all. Told Dennis to grab the biggest tomato he could find while I took "Little Buster" the zucchini and headed home in the "tomato wagon". By nightfall, after the animals and the farm settled down to sleep soundly, Dennis and I shared this salad, right on the porch overlooking the twinkling valley below. A nice glass of water, tingled with large ice cubes and lemon, a china plate and a nice helping of this salad was all we ever all the world that blessed August evening.

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    1. 1
      Throw peeled and sliced zucchini on some paper towels and sprinkle with salt, add another paper towel to top to sop up any zucchini juices.
    2. 2
      In another bowl, mix together tomatoes, mozzarella, cilantro, spring onion, lemon juice, olive oil and seasonings.
    3. 3
      On a plate, place a couple of tablespoons cooked Orzo pasta. (Pasta could be hot or chilled doesn't matter but do what you like.).
    4. 4
      Add paper toweled and dried zucchini on top of Orzo.
    5. 5
      Dish out tomato mixture on top of zucchini and Orzo.
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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 03, 2009


      This was a fantastic side to my grilled lamb. It tasted so fresh. I'm not a big zucchini fan, but I didn't mind the raw zucchini, in fact perhaps even liked it more than the cooked variety. My DH & I both raved over this at dinner last nite. In fact he took the leftovers (made the whole recipe for just the 2 of us, & glad I did) to work for lunch. It's so refreshing that on a hot day I can see this as your main course with a crusty bread. Thanks Andi for a really great recipe.

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    • on August 22, 2009


      Perfectly delicious, attractive, and healthy! I almost sauteed the zucchini but did not and so glad I left it raw. The combination of flavors is very nice. I love all your stories, Andi! Had for a wonderful lunch with my men who are splitting wood today and they enjoyed it also. Thanks for posting. Made for PRMR.

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    • on December 23, 2009


      Delicious! I didn't have the tiny zucchini, but did have a couple of baby cucumbers, so I used them. I also added fresh mozzarella, as I had some that needed using and I decided to go with fresh garlic. Made for Every Day Holiday Tag. :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Chilled Orzo, Beaming Tomatoes, & Little Buster Zucchini

    Serving Size: 1 (162 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 207.1
    Calories from Fat 123
    Total Fat 13.7 g
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    Cholesterol 11.0 mg
    Sodium 241.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    Sugars 3.4 g
    Protein 6.1 g

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