Eatwell Recipe 26: Tomato, Sweet Corn & Basil Salad ~ The Garden of Eating - a sinfully good blog about food

Friday, August 14, 2009

Eatwell Recipe 26: Tomato, Sweet Corn & Basil Salad

This dish is a trifecta of tastiness. It melds three of the very best flavors of summer--juicy tomatoes, crunchy, sweet corn, and fragrant basil. There's not a whole lot more to it than that but the combination is sheer magic.

Close up of sweet corn by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog
Credit for this salad goes to my mom-in-law, Liz. This is a great side dish to go with grilled meat or fish. It would also taste great tossed with some fresh pasta, grated parmesan cheese and a little arugala to add some peppery bite.
Tomato, sweet corn and basil salad by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog
Tomato, Sweet Corn & Basil Salad
Serves 4-6


* 3 ears of sweet corn
* 2 large, ripe tomatoes (I recommend using an heirloom variety because they have the best flavor)
* 1 shallot or very small onion
* A large handful of fresh basil
* 3 Tbsps olive oil
* 2 Tbsps sherry vinegar
* Sea salt
* Freshly ground black pepper


1. Bring a pot of water to boil while you shuck the ears of corn. Drop the ears in the boiling water and cook for 8-10 minutes then remove and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.

2. Wash and chop the tomatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Peel the shallot and mince it finely. Wash and dry the basil and chop it coarsely. Once the corn has cooled down enough to handle comfortably, cut the kernels off each cob and tease them apart by your fingers then place them in a small to medium-sized bowl, along with the tomatoes.

3. Mix the olive oil, sherry vinegar, shallot, basil, and some salt and pepper to taste then pour it over the tomatoes and corn. Stir gently to make sure everything is well coated with the dressing before serving.

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Kirsten Lindquist said...

Oh Wow! Looks really good! I haven't had my first corn of the season yet! This is definitely what I'll be making! Looks so yummy!

Commonweeder said...

This sounds delicious. My post today is all about good eating - for the whole community.