July 16, 2010

Cucumber, Corn and Tomato Salad

Recipes Momma may have forgotten to mentioned

As the garden winds down, at least down here in our humid south, many of our crops like fresh sweet corn are ending and I thought is would be a good time to feature recipes that used up the last of vegetables. That is, when we find only a few left on the stalks or vines. These this week are also ones that I find interesting and like this one, treasured…

This is a cool rewarding salad, as it uses pretty much whatever you can pick from the garden to add with what ever you have in your crisper drawer. I've used canned corn before although the crispness is not as great.  White corn is the best but around here, that is long gone, even the yellow corn is setting to what is known as field corn.

Whatever you combine together, keep the first two main ingredients featured. Something about corn and cucumbers intermingling around in vinaigrette that is just summery. Enjoy!

Cucumber, Corn and Tomato Salad

2 ears of fresh corn
2 fresh cucumbers
1 rib of celery
1/2 small red or green bell pepper
1/4 red onion
Fresh thyme, parsley, mint
2 or 3 teaspoons sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
A good drizzle of olive oil if desired
Red ripe tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
    I like to wrap the ears of corn individually in plastic wrap and microwave each for 2 minutes, no more, to partially cook. Let cool, remove wrap and cut kernels from cob into a bowl.

    Chop cucumbers into bite size and dice the celery, peppers and onions and whatever else you are adding. Chop the herbs, again whatever you like, and mix with the vegetables.

    Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Whisk in a small bowl the sugar, vinegar and oil if using it, I many times do not. Toss with the vegetables and let marinate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Add the tomatoes about an hour before serving.

    Drain before plating or serve in a bowl with a slotted spoon.

    16 comments :

    1. That is indeed a very cooling recipe. And white corn? I only know the field or yellow corn.

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    2. perfect side dish for my baked cod, been looking for one like this great fresh veggies are the best ! thanks nice one!~

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    3. Mmmm. I love light summer salads like this one. And I agree, corn and cucumber together just taste good! Nice salad!

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    4. This looks wonderful! I would love it if you entered this for best summer salads. Check out my blog for more about the giveaway I'm hosting this month!
      Cheers and good luck~

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    5. perfect summer recipe..it's the HUMIDITY that gets ya, here it's awful..great recipe I have everything to make this...

      sweetlife
      ps..try not to work so hard,

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    6. what a great way to use some of our lovely veggies.....its a marriage made in heaven!! the coolness of the cucumbers, sweetness of the corn and the flavors of a summer tomato....sigh...it just makes you want to cry.....what a nice combination of herbs too.

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    7. This is a perfect summer salad, and I love the mix of flavors:)

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    8. Summer on a plate! I can imagine with veggies from the garden the taste must be incredible ...

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    9. Great combination of summer vegetables, I like this salad Drick!

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    10. You are killing me with garden recipes. This salad is beautiful.

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    11. This one definitely says summer. Nothing better than old favorite recipes and fresh veggies!

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    12. This is a refreshing salad. Perfect for summer grilling. I wish there was enough sun to boost my garden here in Seattle. Hopefully August will be warmer. :)

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    13. And everything is in - the tomatoes, the cucumbers, the herbs and amazingly early - the corn. This will be on my summer dinner table this week!

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    14. Mmmm, a perfect cooling salad. And I have all of these ingredients on hand! Guess what's for dinner?

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    15. This is such a fresh, pretty salad for summer. I like the choice of herbs that you used.

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    16. A perfect combo! Gotta love fresh salads this time of year.

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