You know how you lied and said that you’d actually bring something to the party this time? DO IT. Did someone else bring a pasta salad? Throw that stuff away because it doesn’t even hold a candle to what you just brought to the table. That zesty Italian dressing stuff is played out.
½ cup of each herb: chopped green onions, cilantro, dill, and parsley (feel free to swap these around for whatever you’ve got. Shit, toss basil in the mix and it would be just as awesome)
4-5 cloves of garlic all chopped up (I love garlic so adjust according to your tastes)
6 tablespoons sherry vinegar (red wine vinegar or even rice vinegar could work here if that’s what you got)
4 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon lemon zest (calm down, just grate the skin of the lemon on the smallest side of your grater)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound of pasta (whole wheat, quinoa, brown rice, whatever you like)
1 crown of broccoli
3 medium-sized tomatoes
2 ears of raw corn
pepper to taste
Throw all the herbs, garlic, vinegar, oil, lemon zest, and salt in a food processor and blend until it is all chopped up and looks like a sauce. Don’t give up if you don’t own a food processor. Just chop up all that stuff extra tiny and mix it together in a glass. Done.
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Simple. While the pasta cooks, cut up the broccoli into bite-sized pieces. You should get around 3-4 cups. In the last 2 minutes of boiling the pasta, throw the broccoli in there. No need to cook those separately. After 1-2 minutes drain the pot, then run cold water over all of it to cool that stuff down and keep the broccoli looking bright green. The broccoli should be cooked but still a little crisp.
Cut the raw corn off the cob and chop up the tomatoes into pieces about the size of a dime. Mix together the pasta, corn, tomatoes, and herb sauce in a big bowl. Add as much pepper as you like. Try that and see if you need more vinegar, salt, or oil. Your tastes are on you. You can serve this at room temperature but I like to chill it in the fridge for a couple hours.
Serves 4-6 people unless some greedy pig camps out by the table
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (403g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 41 (13%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 4.5g||6 %|
|Saturated Fat 1.5g||8 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.1g|
|Cholesterol 60mg||18 %|
|Sodium 64.5mg||2 %|
|Potassium 948.5mg||25 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 60.1g||18 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4.9g||20 %|
|Sugars, other 55.2g|
|Protein 13.1g||19 %|
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Calories per serving: 322
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