Courgetti with Piccolo tomatoes, grilled corn and herb dressing

Courgetti with Piccolo tomatoes, grilled corn and herb dressing


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If you grow your own veg you’re probably more than familiar with out-of-control courgette plants that don’t seem to stop producing! What at first seems like a blessing becomes a curse in mid-summer as you struggle to keep up with your harvest and find ways to keep things interesting in the kitchen.

Courgetti to the rescue! If you haven’t jumped on the courgetti bandwagon already, summer’s definitely the time to do so. For the uninitiated, courgetti are simply courgettes turned into noodles or spaghetti with the help of a nifty gadget called a ‘spiralizer’, or just a julienne peeler. They make a wonderful, light alternative to traditional wheat pasta and can be dressed up in all manner of ways to make a healthy meal or side dish. They’re also a great way to make a dent in the growing pile of courgettes . . .

This courgetti dish celebrates the bounty of summer vegetables, using fresh grilled corn on the cob and Piccolo tomatoes, so sweet and flavourful that they need no cooking at all.

A quick herby dressing brings everything together – I’ve used parsley and chives here but use whatever leafy herbs you can find in the garden or at the farmer’s market.

This is a lovely side for summer barbecues but equally good served with some crusty bread or just a scattering of toasted nuts for a light lunch.

Preheat a griddle pan until hot (or alternatively, use a barbecue) and brush the corn with the oil. Place onto the hot grill and rotate every couple of minutes until cooked through with a few charred bits. Leave to cool slightly before cutting the kernels from the cob
Meanwhile, turn your courgettes into ‘courgetti’ using a spiralizer or julienne peeler. Discard the seedy middle
Blend all of the dressing ingredients in a small blender or food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust if necessary
In a large bowl, dress the courgetti with as much of the dressing as desired (you might not need all of it). Add the halved tomatoes and corn then toss to combine
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