Simple Summer Corn and Tomato Salad

This corn and tomato salad is as simple as summer gets with fresh corn, tomato and basil.
Simple summer corn and tomato salad

You know what sounded good after a 5+ hour red eye next to 2 teenage girls that thought it was cool to pull an all-nighter, elbow me at least 15 times, keep their TV screens on so our whole row was illuminated and blab away all while the person behind me acted like they’d never seen a tray table before and proceeded to open and close it with enough force to shake my seat every time….simple.

Simple is also something I thought operating a seat belt was but found out somewhere over Kansas around 4am this morning that if you’re a teenage girl in seat 18e you have no idea why the thing won’t work when you shove two buckle ends together. But, you keep trying for a good solid minute as you jam them together, making a ruckus before giving up and throwing the (identical) seat belt ends to the side smacking the person in 18f (me) on the arm.

Sleep sounded pretty good too at 10am when I got home, but after a 2 hour nap to fight off delusion, simple was next.

Summer corn and tomato salad

We got an early surprise batch of CSA goodies while I was gone and apparently Ulysses had an epiphany.

Well, first there was confusion.

And, sass from me.

After, however, he made a pasta using the asparagus that was in the fridge with the swiss chard from the CSA delivery and when I got home he said, “you know what I like about cooking? It’s so relaxing.” And then I fell on the floor and asked what happened to my husband.

Apparently, when I’m not there “bossing him around in the kitchen” (no idea what he’s talking about) he actually enjoys cooking. I can work with that.

So to use the most overused word in management, I “empowered” him to make the steak last night while I made this tomato corn salad. He got all “relaxed” out by the grill (without any direction from me) and I threw this together in minutes.

No cooking, a handful of ingredients and herbs picked from the front steps.

Corn and tomato salad


Also just as simple is this creamy cucumber salad if you’re looking for another great summer side dish!

Simple summer corn and tomato salad

Simple Summer Corn and Tomato Salad

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This corn and tomato salad is as simple as summer gets with fresh corn, tomato and basil.


  • 2 ears of sweet corn, removed from cob with a knife
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced or chiffonade
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • parmesan shavings for garnish


  1. Combine corn, tomatoes and basil in a medium bowl.
  2. In a small skillet over medium heat, saute shallot with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil for 3-4 minutes until shallot is softened and just starting to brown.
  3. Transfer shallot to bowl with corn and tomatoes.
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together remaining olive oil and red wine vinegar.
  5. Pour dressing over salad, season with salt & pepper to taste and toss to combine.
  6. Garnish with shavings of fresh parmesan cheese and more basil if desired.


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Highlights from our Napa/Sonoma trip coming this afternoon!


    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I *almost* put green pepper in it actually! But then decided it was better saved for my lunch today :)

  1. Cait @ Beyond Bananas

    Nothing better than salads with lots of tomatoes in the summer time!

    I saw your tweet about figuring screaming toddlers would be sitting next to you. You might have been better off with that! They would have eventually conked out!!

  2. Kat

    That looks delicious! My husband is the same way! I’m betting it’s them…not our bossiness…….(ok….that might be a lie)

  3. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Next red eye -bring a sleep mask and something to poke your neighbor with. And maybe eat something crazy garlic-y so you can annoy them… just hope your neighbor next time isn’t super hot cuz that’d be bad even if you’re taken lol

  4. Carol

    Looks so yummy and delicious. I bet my family gonna love this recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    Simple fresh salads like this just make summer, well, summer. Fantastic.

    That is one unfortunate flight you were on – glad you’re recovered and out of that flying tin can. I would have smacked a hoe for that nonsense. (Which is also the exact reason I usually stop for a beer before getting on the plane. – to calm my nerves about flying…and stupid people.)

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Seriously, if I could actually look at alcohol right now without wanting to puke after the insane amount of wine consumed on our trip, I would’ve. They were also legit Asian of some sort so even (I think our flight from SFO to JFK was a layover for some Asian flight) if I got sassy with them, they wouldn’t have even known what I was saying. Punching comes off nice and clearly though. ;)

  6. Cait's Plate

    Hahaha – that text is pretty hysterical. I can see myself getting that same one if swiss chard was on the kitchen counter.

    I’m only recently coming around to tomatoes and cherry tomatoes are definitely high on the list. This looks pretty darn delicious!

  7. misszippy

    I love summer cooking for its simplicity. Although, I am never a fan of the overkill of chards, etc in spring CSA deliveries! But this recipe looks fantastic–thanks for making it so easy to print out!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Yeah, I have a feeling I’m about to get inundated with chard (and zucchini later this summer) but for now, I’m liking it. Talk to me in a few weeks and I may not tell you the same thing ;)

  8. carol

    These tomato salad was nice but I don’t eat tomatoes.After reading these post I’m interested to try it.

  9. Amanda

    I love that you “empowered” your husband to make dinner. hahaha And I know exactly what you mean about that being one of the most over-used words in management. It ranks right up there with “delegate” and “move the dial”.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Haha, yes. Sometimes I start speaking in a bunch of ridiculous business sayings purposely to see how long it takes someone to realize I’m joking. Gotta keep myself entertained…

  10. Yana

    This salad looks and sounds soooo good. My husband (or is it me?) is the same way. I should try the “empowerment” approach before I go insane from all this LiveFit meal planning.

  11. Margarita

    I love this post! When my boyfriend feels up for cooking, it is so hard for me not to stand next to him and bark directions, or cringe when he chops veggies painstakingly slow, or reach for the spatula and stir… You know, I never really even considered how he feels when I do that… I just always hear him say, just sit on the couch and read your book. But I can never concentrate on my book when he’s in the kitchen… is that weird? I know he knows what to do, but I feel like the kitchen is my territory and I should guard it at all times!

  12. Nicole, RD

    Flying can be SUCH a blast, eh!? UGGH! I have a long flight to Seattle in a few weeks. I HOPE my flight goes well! Simple…simple is good. I love simple, especially in the warmer months :)

  13. Julie @ Table for Two

    hahaha i hate annoying people on the plane, i’m always praying when i sit down that i get someone 1. not smelly 2. not annoying 3. not a child 4. all of the above…i don’t know how you restrained yourself from smacking the girls. great salad to keep your hectic life simple :)

  14. Kathryn

    Oh man, that’s the worst thing about flying solo. You don’t know who you’re going to sit next to. I’m all about simplicity in summer. I keep trying to empower my boyfriend to cook or do the washing or tidy up but it’s not going so well…

  15. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Tomato, corn and basil sounds so good together but I don’t think I’ve ever had that combo before. Must try when I can get all three fresh from our local market, I can imagine how amazing the flavors are :)

  16. Lauren -The Talking Kitchen

    Seriously, your photographs are mouthwatering. I’ve wanted to eat everything you’ve made this past week right off my screen!

  17. Donna H

    Really beautiful looking salad! (and a really silly question … do you cook the corn? I don’t think I’ve ever eaten corn right off the cob! … RAW?? It amazes me that I have lived this long on earth and never thought about eating corn UNCOOKED! :)

    1. Gina

      No cooking, just cut it right off the cob and eat it! When it’s fresh and in season it’s so deliciously sweet and pops in your mouth :)

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