What do you think – is it the end of summer? For me, all I know, is that as far as food is concerned, I am still in full on summer mode. And will be for as long as my sunshine-filled bikini-wearing days allow! And since the weather is cooperating in Cyprus, I say bring on the tomatoes, corn and lunches outside. Right now, I am essentially eating in my studio every day to meet the book deadlines and some work I am preparing for the CTO. So right now, in my kitchen, it is all about testing recipes for the cookbook and eating lots of traditional Cypriot foods or making foods that are easy to make, hearty and that I actually enjoy. So this salad recipe comes in very handy. It’s a hearty salad dish that won’t leave you hungry, but still tastes very light and is great for the September weather. Summer flavours including fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and corn, are really prominent. The pasta ties everything together. And, to me, the light, sweet honey-mustard vinaigrette is what adds some flash to the dish – did you know making a honey-mustard vinaigrette is SO easy?!?! I hope you enjoy as much as I do … nearly weekly right now!
Makes: 2 servings Difficulty: 2/5 Time: 20 minutes
1 cup Mitsides Tricolore Shrimps, boiled until al dente
1 corn, kernels shaved off
2 tablespoons goat cheese, in small pieces
10 cherry tomatoes, diced in half
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
chicken broth for boiling the pasta in
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1. Make the dressing by mixing the mustard, honey and apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl. I didn’t need any salt, because the broth I boiled my pasta in was salty enough.
2. Boil a pot of water on the stove. Add the corn kernels and boil for 5 minutes. Remove the corn with a strainer and immediately dunk the corn into cold water. Remove the corn from the cold water and let cool.
3. Add a chicken stock cube to the water in which the corn was boiled. Add the pasta and boil the pasta until it is al dente. Remove the pasta, and drizzle a little olive oil over top just to ensure it doesn’t stick and let the pasta cool.
4. Just before serving, assemble the salad. Add together the basil, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, pasta and corn. Toss together with the dressing and serve. If you wish the salad to be served very cold, simply make the corn and the pasta the day before. Store the pasta and corn in the fridge until the next day and assemble the pasta then.