Monday, August 31, 2009

Tomato and corn salad with basil

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I had big plans for you guys today, I really did. I was going to tell you about a cake, and also about a book - a book about cakes. And about my dad's birthday, which was where the whole cake idea started. But I got home, and it was [some insane number] of degrees outside and just the thought of talking about cake made me stick my head into a refrigerator for a good, long while.

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So instead, I made you a salad. I know, it's not really a substitute for chocolate and whipped cream, but if there was an equivalent of chocolate and whipped cream in the vegetable world, this would be it. Despite the heat, I can feel summer waning, and this salad is just the right transition to carry us over into the next season. There is so much summer goodness in here - ripe tomatoes, at the peak of their season, sweet corn, cool, smooth avocado, a touch of red onions for the bit of bite and a good sprinkling of basil. And yet, instead of longing for summer to come back, it made me anticipate fall and the goodness that will come with the harvest.

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Tomato and corn salad with basil
(serves 2)
2 large, ripe tomatoes
1 avocado
2 ears of corn, cooked
1/4 red onion (or more, to taste)
a handful of basil
salt
basil & olive oil

Cut the tomatoes into thinnish wedges and arrange on a platter. De-seed the avocado and slice it so that the pieces are not too large, but there's still a bite to it. Cut the kernels off the corn, break them up a little and scatter over the tomatoes and avocado. Slice the red onion thinly and also scatter over the salad. I like to chiffonade my basil, but you can chop it roughly or even leave the leaves whole. Sprinkle salt over the salad and dress with your favorite vinaigrette or a dash of olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.

15 comments:

veron said...

There's nothing like a delicious salad on a hot day!

Irene said...

Exactly! It just hit the spot so much, like ahhhhhhh... :)

The Food Librarian said...

This looks lovely. I ended up going to Trader Joe's and hanging out next to the mochi ice cream. It has been so hot! This salad looks perfectly refreshing!

Elra said...

Hmmm, what a delicious salad Erika!

Elra said...

OMG, I am so terrible, did I call you Erika instead of Irene? please forgive me ....

Julia (alias Yulinka Cooks) said...

That's a great salad that I make pretty often. I also love it with feta (or any kind of tangy cheese).

Irene said...

Yeeeees, feta would have been wonderful! Now, why didn't I think of that? :)

LOL Elra! No worries.

The Caked Crusader said...

What a lovely rustic looking salad - delish!

pinkstripes said...

Gorgeous salad. Perfect for the hot weather we are having.

Ash said...
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Ash said...

clearly it's tomato time!! Tomatoes are popping up in the blogsphere at the moment. This salad looks truly scrumptious.. so refreshing!

Ingrid said...

Well,dang! I'm not crazy about chocolate but I was still looking forward to cake.
~ingrid

Irene said...

Don't worry, cake is coming soon!

Eileen @ Passions to Pastry said...

What a beautiful summer salad!

Sue said...

PERFECT timing!!! The tomatoes are ripening so fast in the garden now and the corn is ready to pick...going to make this for Sunday :-) Thanks!
Sue