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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!

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Saturday 30th of June 2012

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Donna H

Wednesday 23rd of May 2012

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! :)


Wednesday 23rd of May 2012

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 :)

Lauren -The Talking Kitchen

Monday 21st of May 2012

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

Heidi @ Food Doodles

Monday 21st of May 2012

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 :)

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Monday 21st of May 2012

Fresh tomatoes are one of my fave things ever. And so is anything with the word "simple" in the recipe title :)

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