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Sweet Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad

Sweet Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad

This dish is a trifecta of tastiness. It melds three of the very best flavors of summer–juicy tomatoes, crunchy, sweet corn, and fragrant basil. There’s not a whole lot more to it than that but somehow the combination is sheer magic.

Close up of sweet corn by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

Credit for this salad goes to my mom-in-law, Liz. This is a great side dish to go with anything grilled. It also tastes great tossed with some fresh pasta, grated Parmesan cheese and a little arugula to add some peppery bite.

Tomato, sweet corn and basil salad by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

You can’t get any fresher, more seasonal, or healthier than this simple salad. And it only takes a few minutes to put together!

Tomato, Sweet Corn & Basil Salad
Serves 4-6


* 3 ears of sweet corn
* 2 large, ripe tomatoes (I recommend using an heirloom variety because they have the best flavor)
* 1 shallot or very small onion
* A large handful of fresh basil
* 3 Tbsps olive oil
* 2 Tbsps sherry vinegar
* Sea salt
* Freshly ground black pepper


1. Bring a pot of water to boil while you shuck the ears of corn. Drop the ears in the boiling water and cook for 8-10 minutes then remove and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.

2. Wash and chop the tomatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Peel the shallot and mince it finely. Wash and dry the basil and chop it coarsely. Once the corn has cooled down enough to handle comfortably, cut the kernels off each cob and tease them apart by your fingers then place them in a small to medium-sized bowl, along with the tomatoes.

3. Mix the olive oil, sherry vinegar, shallot, basil, and some salt and pepper to taste then pour it over the tomatoes and corn. Stir gently to make sure everything is well coated with the dressing before serving.

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmers’ markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.


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10:20PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

Definitely will try this, shared it with my niece.

4:33AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Yum...I wonder if it would work with just the sherry instead of sherry vinegar? Will have to try it!

2:30PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

sounds so good!

2:45PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012


7:50PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

looks good

1:27PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012


1:13PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012


8:20AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

This is truly the taste of summer! Thanks.

4:13AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012


2:45AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Sounds lovely, thanks!

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