Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Summer Fresh Recipe Series: Tomato Avocado & Grilled Corn Salad

Tomatoes, avocado, and grilled corn combine into a salad side dish that tastes just like summer!

Can you believe it's almost the end of August?  I don't know where the time has gone, but it is sure flying by.  We're having a heat wave here in L.A. so that means we are grilling a lot and making dishes that don't require much effort or cook time.  The best way to do that is using fresh summer produce to create your side dishes.

Today I'm bringing you another outstanding side dish that is super fresh!  As the 16th installment of my Summer Fresh Recipe Series this dish focus's on summer tomatoes, corn, avocado, and basil.  


Fresh colorful and ripe tomatoes combine with grilled sweet corn and buttery avocado to form a side salad.  Sprinkle on some tangy feta cheese and fresh basil, along with an easy vinaigrette and you have a stunning side dish that tastes like summertime!

I found this recipe in my Taste of Home American Summer Cookbook.  What a fabulous book.  There are so many recipes I want to try that I highly suggest getting this book and cooking from it until fall really hits.

The only cooking in this recipe is grilling the corn on the cob.  We did this along side some our Sumac Chicken we were grilling.  Once that is done you just remove the corn from the cob and assemble the salad.  Prep the other ingredients ahead of time, or while the items are grilling and you have a quick and easy side dish.

Kitchen Note:  This dish is spectacular with fresh heirloom tomatoes. Bonus: The amped-up flavor means you can cut back on the salt. I used red and orange heirloom tomatoes.

Summer Fresh Recipe Series

Tomato Avocado & Grilled Corn Salad 

Serves 8

1 medium ear sweet corn, husks removed
3 large red tomatoes, sliced
3 large yellow tomatoes, sliced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil, plus more for garnish
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Grill corn, covered, over medium heat 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned and tender, turning occasionally. Cool slightly. Cut corn from cob.

Arrange tomato slices on a large serving platter. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Top with avocado slices. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, basil and remaining salt and pepper; drizzle half over the tomatoes and avocado. Top with grilled corn and feta; drizzle remaining dressing over top. Garnish with additional chopped basil.

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