This lovely and delicious Corn and Green Zebra Tomato Salad is my contribution to this week’s edition of Summer Fest 2010.

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Summer Fest is a cross-blog food event celebrating peak harvest season. This week, the spotlight is on corn.

I grew my own corn last year, but never did get around to planting any this season. Fortunately, there is a wonderful farm stand less than 10 minutes from my home that sells exquisite corn.

What I did plant this year, though, is A LOT of heirloom tomatoes, and super hot weather has meant a super early harvest. Green Zebra tomatoes are one of my favorite tomato varieties.

green zebra tomato

I love their appearance as well as their flavor: they are a little on the tart side. I also like how they hold up so well to slicing: it makes them perfect for salads like this one.

corn and green tomato salad

I found this recipe on Leite’s Culinaria, and it’s definitely a keeper. The sweet corn and the tangy tomatoes are a wonderful combination, and it’s an absolute snap to throw together.

Corn and Green Zebra Tomato Salad
adapted from Leite’s Culinaria

Dressing:

*1 garlic clove, smashed with the side of a knife, and then minced
*1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar (I used rice vinegar)
*tiny pinch of sugar
*tiny pinch of ground allspice (I didn’t have any, so I used a pinch of ground coriander instead)
*sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
*3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed

Salad:

*3 ears fresh corn, shucked (about 1 1/2 cups)
*5 or 6 smallish Green Zebra tomatoes, cored and quartered
*1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
*Leaves from 3 or 4 marjoram sprigs, chopped
*Small handful fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Preparation:

1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, vinegar, sugar, allspice, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the oil, taste, and adjust the ingredients accordingly. Set aside.

2. Cook the corn in a large pot of boiling water until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and let cool until you can touch it. Cut the kernels off with a sharp knife.

3. In a large bowl, combine the corn kernels, tomatoes, onion, and herbs.

4. Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables and toss gently. Taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly.

corn tomato salad

If you’d like to learn more about, or participate in, Summer Fest 2010, please visit Margaret Roach’s lovely blog: A Way to Garden.

 

13 Comments

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    RavieNomNoms — August 4, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    This looks really refreshing!

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    Creatively Domestic — August 4, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    I just found your blog from foodbuzz and I love it. I think you have done a great job with the photos and your blog is very easy to navigate.

    Creatively Domestic – Simple Cooking

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    Carol Egbert — August 4, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    This is a lovely colorful salad. A friend just told me about a blueberry and corn salad I’m going to try.

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    drwinnie — August 4, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    RavieNomNoms- it is…refreshing and delicious!

    CD- thanks so much!

    Carol- blueberries and corn sounds like a VERY interesting salad I’d like to try ;)

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    Monet — August 4, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    What a simple and stunning salad. I love those green tomatoes…heirloom varieties just knock my socks off. Wonderful summer dish!

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    Jan Mahon — August 4, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    I would never have thought to put the corn with the tomatoes…looks good :) Thanks for sharing!!

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    Kalynskitchen — August 4, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    I think Green Zebras are one of the very best tasting tomatoes!

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    Magic of Spice — August 4, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    Beautiful salad,and love the color:)

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    Chef Dennis — August 4, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    what a perfect salad! those tomatoes are beautiful, mixed with corn, its an oh my moment!

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    Robin — August 4, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    Looks like a great contribution Winnie!

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    Caroline Wright — August 7, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    This looks delicious. Nothing more perfect + summery than tomatoes and corn, right? Good friends, those two. Great to have the chance to look at your beautiful blog!

    Thanks for checking out my Pickled Corn with Summer Onion and Basil recipe! So happy to be a part of the Summer Fest! See you next week for peaches.
    http://www.thewrightrecipes.com/savory/summer-fest-2010-corn#more-4099

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