Chilled Orzo, Beaming Tomatoes, & Little Buster Zucchini
30 mins (prep 10, cooking 20)
14 ingredients
4 servings
As I proceeded to look under the big leaves that towered over the medium to small sized zucchini's that were obviously hiding from view, I found a coupla of what I call "Little Busters zucchini" smiling up at me. (They are called that because they bust a prolific sweat on my brow hunting for them.) As usual, sweat was forming and puddling on those huge zucchini leaves, the sun was blazing in all its glory during one of those "Dog Days" in rural Maryland mid-August. Even though there was enough to feed every single person on our windy country road, that little zucchini looked perky and delicious. Scratching my head I pondered for a minute. "What could I do to another zucchini that hasn't been done this summer at least 20 times?" (Besides throwing them over the fence.) I spotted Dennis with his sun hat on bending over the tomato patch, with big beaming tomatoes greeting him. After a long afternoon spent weeding through the garden on that blistering afternoon we weren't very hungry, after all. Told Dennis to grab the biggest tomato he could find while I took "Little Buster" the zucchini and headed home in the "tomato wagon". By nightfall, after the animals and the farm settled down to sleep soundly, Dennis and I shared this salad, right on the porch overlooking the twinkling valley below. A nice glass of water, tingled with large ice cubes and lemon, a china plate and a nice helping of this salad was all we ever all the world that blessed August evening.

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Serving Size (137.96 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 162.9 Calories from Fat 101.61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.29g 69.49%
Saturated Fat 1.56g 31.23%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 5.32mg 7.1%
Sodium 377.49mg 62.92%
Total Carbohydrate 6.26g 8.34%
Dietary Fiber 1.64 g 26.22%
Sugars 4.18 g %
Protein 10.55g 84.4%
Vitamin A 739.81IU% Vitamin C 22.85mg%
Calcium 298.52mg% Iron 0.67mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9โ€ขCarbohydrate 4โ€ขProtein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
orzo pasta, fresh cilantro