Saturday, June 2, 2012


Corn. Tomatoes. Peaches. Berries. Long nights. Swimming. Drive-in Movies. Sun tans. Sun burns. Beaches. 
It's summer time. The living is easy, and the food is good. The food of summer is simple, delicious and true. I love dishes where I can throw in the best of the crops of the day and call it a meal. This is one of those dishes. You can adapt to fit whatever is tasting good that day. 

Corn Salad

  • 1-2 limes (depends on how juicy they are)
  • 1 1/2 cups packed fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup Extra-virgin olive oil 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 TBS of butter
  • 3-4 ears corn,  cooked, with kernels removed (about 2-3 cups)
  • 12 oz of grape tomatoes 
  • 8 oz(or less if desired) of fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 2 medium avocados, diced
   The only "rule" for this recipe is you MUST taste along the way. No precise measuring is needed here. Just eye ball it and let your taste buds tell you what your eyes can't. Add more or less of each ingredient as you please. Zest 1 of the lime(s) and squeeze the juice of the lime(s) into a small bowl. Add the EVOO, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Stir and set aside.      Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Dice the red onion and add to the butter in the pan. Sauté until tender. Once as the onion is cooked place is a large bowl. 
   Now for the bulk of the salad. The corn. I just used corn that we had left over from grilling the night before but you could certainly just boil it on top of the stove (cook for  5-10 mins depending on its density and ripeness) After it is cooked run your knife along the corn removing all of the kernels. Move to the bowl with the onion. 
   Wash the grape tomatoes and slice each one in half. (If they are small you could add them whole. If they are very large  you can quarter them.) Add to the bowl. Dice the mozzarella and avocados and add to the bowl. Pour the dressing mixture over the salad mix and stir. Taste and season as needed. If time allows chill in the fridge for an hour or up till over night. Enjoy!

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