Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Summer Entertaining: Corn and Stone Fruit Salad

This salad adds corn to bring a sweet crunch that pairs with ripe plums, nectarines, and herbs.  All topped with a bright vinaigrette.  Summer in a salad!

Corn and Stone Fruit Salad

Summer is filled with fresh produce and to make good use of it's abundance I like to put all varieties of fruits and vegetables in my salad.  Today's salad is a true winner!  It features fresh green leaf lettuce, crisp corn right off the cob, juicy plums and nectarines, and a sprinkling of mint.  This is all topped with a bright vinaigrette that allows the produce to shine.

This salad is easy to make and will be on the table in a flash.  Making a homemade vinaigrette is easier than you think, and this one is only 4 ingredients, foolproof, and much better than anything bought in the store.  I served this salad for dinner with a grilled steak and some crusty bread.  It was wonderful!  

This salad would be great to take to a pot luck, alongside any grilled protein, take along on a picnic, or have with some added shredded chicken for lunch.  It's the new perfect summer salad!


What Ingredients do I need?

  • green leaf lettuce
  • corn on the cob
  • nectarines - you want ripe but a little firm
  • plums - you want ripe but a little firm
  • green onions
  • mint -fresh is best
  • olive oil
  • apple cider vinegar

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use red leaf or romaine lettuce
  • Add peaches to the mix
  • Add chives
  • Don't like mint? Add basil or parsley
  • Red or white wine vinegar would be a good choice instead of apple cider vinegar
  • Get bold and add some feta or ricotta salata cheese

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Did you know you can eat corn raw?  Yes you can.  Fresh corn right off the cob is sweet and crisp.  No cooking makes this even easier!
  • To easily keep corn from scattering all over the board when cutting, place the cob standing up in a bowl and cut down the cob.  The bowl will catch all the kernels.
  • Fan your slices of fruit for a pretty presentation.
  • You can arrange this on a platter for a pretty presentation that's easier for guests to serve themselves.

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Corn and Stone Fruit Salad

serves 6

5 cups green leaf lettuce, chopped
3 ears corn, husks and silks removed
2 - 3 nectarines and plums, sliced
2 green onions, white and green parts chopped
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a large bowl or platter place lettuce.  Remove corn from the husks using a knife.  Add corn to the bowl.  Add sliced plums and nectarines to the bowl. Add green onions and mint.

In a small bowl add vinegar and whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. Add salt & pepper and stir. Add to the dressing and toss. Serve.

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