my essential summer salad August 11, 2015

summer tomato and corn salad | running with tweezers

Another recipe with tomatoes in it. I know, I know. Fear not – the nasty, mildewy blight that has stricken my tomatoes has rendered them bare. This salad is pretty much the last thing I’ve been able to throw together from our garden – and I do mean throw together. This is so off the cuff and versatile, I hesitated to even call it a “recipe”.

I’m always a little obsessed with raw corn and tomato salads in the summer and this one is no exception. This beautiful purple corn (that I’ve been finding at Earth Fare) adds a really cool pop of color – this would be just as tasty with your standard white or yellow corn.┬áThis recipe is also a study in using some pantry and fridge staples to stretch out a dish. I always have a jar of heart of palm on hand to work into salads like this – I adore them and it’s a great excuse to eat them. As it is now, this salad is vegan but feel free to throw in some crumbled feta cheese or some ricotta salata.

summer tomato and corn salad | running with tweezers

Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad – serves 4 as a side dish

  • 2 1/2 cups tomatoes – I like a mix of small cherry tomatoes left whole and larger tomatoes cut into small wedges
  • 1 avocado, pitted and cubed
  • 3 ears of fresh corn, kernels removed from the cob
  • 1 14.5 oz. jar of hearts of palm, drained and cut into chunks (I like bigger barrel shaped pieces so they don’t fall apart)
  • 3 large green onions, sliced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tbsp. good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

– Combine all of the produce – aside from the avocado – into a bowl and stir to combine. Drizzle over the lime juice and olive oil and stir again. Gently fold in the avocado. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


Brian @ A Thought For Food Aug 11, 2015 11:08 pm

Yup… this has summer written all over it. I’ve been a bit obsessed with making very similar salads (though, I just love the addition of hearts of palm here). I’m loving all the tomatoes, but, really, my heart belongs to corn. I can’t get enough.

Meghan Aug 12, 2015 08:08 am

I always forget about heart of palm! Also, I’m lamenting your tomato blight – if only because I’ve loved this run of recipes. On to the next subject, I guess.

Lynn Aug 12, 2015 08:08 am

This looks lovely – I always forget about hearts of palm. I’m going to get a jar when I go to the grocery store after work today – I have most of these ingredients otherwise. Thank you!

Eileen Aug 14, 2015 07:08 pm

This is exactly the kind of thing I like best in summer! The hearts of palm are a great addition.

Christina Soong Aug 15, 2015 03:08 pm

This looks incredible! Can’t wait for summer to hit Australia so I can try this.

Meseidy Aug 20, 2015 02:08 pm

Heart of palm! Great choice, need to make this.