I love summer!
All day, everyday, there is something new and delicious to pick and eat. I have my CSA with the Interval Community Farm, which is in full swing, so I am picking up thousands of pounds of fresh produce every week. (maybe not quite that much, but so so much) Plus our lovely garden is starting to reward up with the prettiest veggies as well. I have so much fresh produce that I find myself mindless eating just to make more room in the fridge.(not to mention that my counters are also covered and I have a laundry basket full of yellow squash and zucchini on the table). I guess its getting about time to do a little canning and pickling… but until then, I will just have to solider on and keep on eating!
So this salad is completely inspired by the ever exploding contents of my fridge (and table, and counters). Fresh zucchini, corn,and peaches roasted and tossed together with fresh tomato, creamy avocado, and herbs into one big bowl.. It's like eating summer… And it fantastic.
The stuff. Zucchini, corn, tomato, peach, and avocado. A lemon (not shown..it rolled under the couch and I couldn't find it for a little while) and salt and pepper. Also not shown is the bunch of fresh cilantro that I added at the last minute
I initially wanted to grill this stuff, but I didn't feel like starting the charcoal and getting that all situated, so I just used the oven. So if you want, use the grill.
Cut zucchini into long wedges and cut the peaches into a few large slices. Place on a lightly oiled pan or baking sheet, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and stick into the oven at 425 degrees. Toss you corn into the oven too.. but I just stuck that on the oven rack.
While the stuff is roasting in the oven, chop the tomato into mouth sized chunks, and mash the avocado with the juice of the lemon( I finally found it) and a pitch or more of salt. Add enough water to make it slightly runny.
Afer about 15 minutes, the stuff in the oven should be done. You want the corn slightly charred and the peach and zucchini to be soft, but not mushy. Remove from oven and stick everything on a plate or baking sheet and let cool for a few minutes, or until cool enough to handle it.
And now cut the corn from the cob and dice the zucchini and peaches into chunks.
Toss it all into a bowl, give it a mix and smother with the avocado dressing.
And lastly, dice up and add a big ass handful of some freshly chopped herb.. (Cilantro is great, but basil is also just as nice) and toss that on top too!
So much color, so much tasty. This is all summer!
A Mid Summer Salad
Makes a meal for 1 or a side for 2
- 1 ripe peaches
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 ear of corn
- l medium tomato
- 1 avocado
- juice of 1 lemon
- salt and pepper
- bunch of fresh cilantro or basil
Note..If i had the time to light up the charcoal to grill, I would have. So Feel free to cook the corn, zucchini and peach on the grill if you so do please.
Slice peach into 4 equal chunks and zucchini into 4-5 wedges. Place in a lightly oiled skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stick the pan and the corn, husk removed, into oven at 425 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, or until the corn is charred and the zucchini and peach is browning and slightly tender. While this is going on, dice up the tomato into chunks and smash the avocadoin a jar until smoothish with the juice of the lemon, salt and pepper, and enough water to thin it out so that its kind of pasty. (make it any consistency you like)
When veggies are done cooking, remove from oven and place on the counter or a plate and let sit until its cool enough to handle. When cooled off, dice the peach and zucchini into chunks and remove corn from the cob. Toss together with the tomato, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, dump the mixed lemony avocado all over and top wit a heavy handful of some freshly chopped herb.
Serve warm or cold. Can be eaten with a fork or spoon.