Monday, August 31, 2009

Summer Salad of Nectarines, Heirloom Tomatoes and Roasted Corn on Greens ...

Once again, Costco had shockingly beautiful flats of perfect nectarines (perhaps I have to thank modern pesticides and growth hormones for that ... but I will pretend I don't know about that:) ... which when complimented with other summer delectables inspired a new creation...

Nectarine, Heirloom Tomato and Roasted Sweet Corn Salad with Mixed Greens
  • 2 Ripe Nectarines
  • 2 Ripe Heirloom Tomatoes, ideally one red & one yellow or variegated
  • 15-20 Heirloom Grape Tomatoes, varying sizes and colors is ideal
  • 2 Ears of Corn, Microwaved & the briefly grilled for roasted flavor & markings
  • 1 Shallot & 1/4 of a Red Onion, Finely sliced
  • 1 Orange, Zested & Juiced
  • 1/4 cup Rice wine vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsps Olive Oil
  • 1-2 Tbsps Honey
  • Fresh Mint & Basil, 10 leaves each, finely minced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL: Cayenne Pepper 1-2 tsps
Cut the nectarines and tomatoes into quarters and then finely slice them crosswise. Cut the corn off the roasted cob and mix the niblets with the tomatoes and nectarines. Add the sliced shallots and onions.

Combine the juice+zest, vinegar, oil, honey, herbs, salt & pepper blending thoroughly. I love the addition of the cayenne for a little bit of heat. Pour 1/2 of the dressing over the fruit portion of your salad and reserve the rest. Let the fruit sit and mascerate with the dressing for an hour or two before serving atop a bed of greens that will be dressed with the remaining salad dressing. If you prefer a creamier dressing, add yogurt or buttermilk to the mixture and shake to blend - this cuts some of the acidity without adding a lot of calories.

Voila ... a shocking little summer fun salad that is easy to make and can be prepared a few hours ahead! It was a hit at our recent couples grill out:)) See it served here alongside a buffalo blue cheese burger and sweet potatoes (courtesy of Chef Jeremy Martin) - YUM!!!

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