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Fresh Corn & Tomato Salad

Today I have a quick and easy side dish for you. While other recipes are still waiting in line to get on the blog, this one I made just last week. I wanted to share it with all of you before fresh corn becomes too out of season. The good part about now is that fresh heirloom tomatoes are cropping up in supermarkets.

I’m sure you could use thawed frozen sweet corn in this recipe, but using fresh corn off the cob gives this salad a little something special.

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Sorry the picture isn’t fantastic, I was hungry! But I promise that it is delicious! You can even eat it as a light lunch. Add some of your favorite beans for a little protein kick.

If you don’t like goat cheese (which I know a lot of people don’t), feel free to add in fresh mozzarella pieces or leave out the cheese all together.

Fresh Corn & Tomato Salad
(Serves 4-6)

4 ears of sweet corn cut off the cob or thawed frozen sweet corn (about 2 cups)
1 lb. heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2″ chunks
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
5 basil leaves, thinly sliced
2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
Olive oil
Salt & pepper

In a large bowl combine corn, tomatoes, onion, a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Allow to sit for an hour in the fridge before serving.

Just before serving, add fresh basil. Mix well. Top with goat cheese and serve cold or at room temperature.

Easy enough, right?

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Delicious Leftovers

What can you do with the leftover basil, mini heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella (assuming you bought a 16 oz. block like I did) from your pizza? Make a salad!

This recipe is super easy and quick. I’ve been eating it for years and it may be one of my favorite salads.

Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
(Serves 1-2)

½ pkg. mini heirloom tomatoes, sliced in half
½” slice of fresh mozzarella, diced into small cubes
¼ to ½ small onion, sliced
4 leaves of basil
1 tbsp. olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Crispy Italian bread, optional

In a medium sized bowl, put the tomatoes and some salt (maybe about ½ tsp) and pepper (about 1/8 tsp… I told you, I don’t measure!), stir and let rest – this brings out juices of the tomato for bread if you want it! Slice and dice the onion and the mozzarella, place in the bowl with the tomatoes and stir. Tear fresh basil leaves into the salad just before serving and mix. Drizzle with olive oil and serve! If you have the bread, sop up the delicious juices at the bottom of the bowl (a family favorite!).

PS – this mixture, minus the mozzarella, is amazing mixed in with cottage cheese for another healthy lunch kicked up with protein!

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