Monday, June 23

Market Fresh Corn Bacon & Tomato Salad

One of my goals this summer is to showcase the wonderful fresh ingredients we have available here in North Texas and to share recipe ideas to help you create easy meals at home using those ingredients. Right now, delicious local sweet corn and tomatoes are available not only in the local farmer's markets here in the DFW area, but our grocery stores as well. We are at the beginning of the corn and tomato growing season here in Texas, and you’ll be able to enjoy this salad all summer long! It is definitely one of our family's favorites and we never have any left-overs. Add chopped avocado, grilled chicken and Romaine lettuce to this salad and you've quickly turned it from a simple side dish to a satisfying, filling and healthy light dinner. This recipe is a keeper, hope your family enjoys it as much as mine!

The ingredients for this salad are simple: fresh ears of corn, bacon, red onion, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and Italian parsley.  The only seasonings are cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Simple, classic and deliciously fresh! It is the quintessential summer salad  great for outdoor Texas BBQ's or Sunday dinner!
SERVES 4 - 6
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  • 1 tablespoon Extra Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground
  • 3 cups Corn Kernels, cut from about 6 cooked ears of corn
  • 20 Cherry or Grape tomatoes, red or yellow or combined, cut in half
  • 4 - 6 slices thick cut Hickory Smoked Bacon, chopped, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped Red Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Basil Leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley, chopped
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the oil and vinegar with salt and pepper to taste to form a dressing.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, and toss to coat with the dressing.
  • Taste, and season if necessary.
  • Serve immediately. If you are not serving this salad right away, do not add the salad dressing, basil and parsley; cover and refrigerate. Toss salad ingredients with salad dressing and herbs right before serving. 

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  2. Mmm, fresh corn and tomatoes. Living in an apartment again, I do miss my garden in the summer. I need to do better at visiting some local farmers markets!

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