Summer has finally hit northwest Florida. Just in the nick of time too with Memorial Day right around the corner.
Because we live in a tourist trap we’re doing our cooking out early to beat the crowds.
With fresh picked tomatoes, cucumbers, and a beautiful gifted organic lemon on hand I whipped up something new. To be honest, I meant it to be a side dish. However it was so good we had it as our main dish tonight with some Brazilian Cheese Rolls alongside it. I gotta say it was a pretty perfect meal for a hot day.
My favorite grilling out or picnicking recipes:
- Shredded crockpot pork BBQ
- Farmer’s market orzo pasta salad
- Apple brined grilled pork tenderloin
- Black bean & mango grilled tostadas
- Cucumber salad
- Crockpot baked beans
- Grilled corn on the cob, the easy way
- Hot German potato salad (which happens to be great cold)
- Kabobs & grilled pineapple
- Graham crackers (for S’mores of course!)
- Cinnamon grilled apples
- Banana boats on the grill
- Fresh summer berry pie (my absolute FAVE pie!)
- Cookie dough oatmeal cookies if you have access to a freezer to store them in – they’re the best cookie ever in the summer time!
And of course now I need to add this new one to the list. I used GF orzo pasta because it’s what I had on hand. I think gluten free elbow or spiral pasta would be great too.
- 12 oz gluten free pasta such as orzo, elbow, shell, etc
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- zest from 1 lemon (approx 1 tablespoon)
- juice from 1 lemon (approx ¼ cup)
- 1 heaping tablespoon sour cream
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- black pepper to taste
- 3-lb tomatoes, seeded & chopped
- 1 large cucumber, peeled & chopped
- ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
- 8-oz fresh mozzarella sliced into bite size pieces
- Prepare pasta al dente according to package directions.
- Meanwhile in a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest & juice, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in tomatoes, cucumber, basil, and mozzarella.
- Drain pasta, do not rinse, and stir into tomato mixture. Combine thoroughly. Serve warm or cold.