The colorful pair I'm referring to is Roma tomatoes and red onions--I just love that combination! With our garden in full swing, here are a few recipes that take advantage of our backyard produce, highlighting this lovely pair.
The original recipe for this salad can be found here, but I am posting my adapted version. I had never tried orzo (a small Italian pasta) until last year, but I loved this salad--it's a fresh accompaniment to a summer meal! And it tastes even better right now because I made it with red onion and Roma tomatoes from our garden.
4 c. chicken broth
1 1/2 c. orzo
1/3 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 c. diced Roma tomato
1/4 c. diced red onion
1 tsp. dried basil
salt and pepper
red wine vinaigrette (recipe below)
Bring broth to a boil in a covered saucepan. Cook for 8-9 minutes until orzo is tender. Drain and cool. Toss the orzo with remaining ingredients.
red wine vinaigrette:
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/8 c. lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
dash black pepper
1/2 c. olive oil
Mix ingredients well using a whisk or blender.
I am pretty casual when it comes to food. I also like to eat healthy meals (now dessert and snacks, mind you, are altogether different), and though I love some dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and of course ice cream, I never eat any sour cream, cream cheese, etc. So with that in mind, most would find that my method of making guacamole is a minimalist approach. If you love sour cream, you may want to stick with your current recipe!
1 ripe avocado
1/2 large Roma tomato, diced
1 T. red onion, diced
splash of lime juice
dash of hot sauce
I scoop the avocado out with a spoon, which I then use to mash it. Then I stir in the remaining ingredients and scarf if down with a handful of tortilla chips. Simple and yummy! Even better because avocados and tomatoes are a true "super-food" combo!
This is one of my favorite quick summer lunches--I had it 3 days in a row last week. See note above on minimalist approach.
3-4 slices French or Italian bread
1 Roma tomato, diced
1/8 c. red onion, diced
basil to taste
I usually brush a little olive oil on each slice of bread and toast lightly. Then I mix the tomato, red onion, basil to taste, and about a teaspoon of olive oil. I spoon a generous portion of the mixture onto the slices of bread and return to the toaster.
If you have any other recipes combining this colorful pair, I'd love to see them!