Friday, July 29, 2011

Fresh From The Garden Salad

     This is one of those "recipes" that I didn't have a recipe for. I just threw a few things together and it worked! It all started with some local sweet corn. I used 6 ears, plunged them for a couple of minutes into boiling water and let them cool.

     Remove the corn from the cob. I have tried several methods for this. Some suggest doing it over an angel food cake pan to catch the kernels. I have found that using a cookie sheet with an edge works best for me.

     A trip outside to our "garden" and I had a couple of peppers and some fresh basil. Chop them both into small pieces.

     At this point, add what you have in the house. I grabbed some celery and baby carrots and chopped them into small pieces. Grape tomatoes, olives, black beans, cucumber etc. would also be good in this salad.

     I made a simple dressing. I used 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, 1 T. of Dijon Mustard and 1/4 tsp. each of salt and pepper.

     Wisk in 3 Tablespoons of good quality balsamic vinegar. Actually, any vinegar would work, but once you have tried a true aged balsamic vinegar (mine is from The Olive Mill) you will never want to use the stuff from the store again, this is so much thicker and richer. It is so good you could almost drink it!

This makes a very colorful and filling salad.
I served ours with a roasted pork loin.

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Lynn said...

Looks great Sue, gotta love the summer veggies! Happy Weekend:@)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds yummy - thanks for sharing the recipe.

Traci said...

Sounds delicious!!

Pondside said...

That looks so good! There's something about such a colourful salad that makes everything else so much more interesting.

Barbara F. said...

Delicious and healthy, have to try it. xo,

Blondie's Journal said...

Delicious!! I love making up my own recipes. Salads are so much fun as you can add just about anything! I need to fins some good balsamic vinegar though.

Have a great weekend, Sue!


bj said...

UMMM, looking so good. I love fresh corn any way it's fixed. Just had some for lunch.:)

Patrice said...

Corn is one of my favorite things in the world!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sue,
That salad looks delightful. I love when you can mix a lot of veggies together and have it taste wonderful. That is why I love soups in the winter, great was to get a mix of veggies.
Looks like this salad would fit the bill too.
Will sure have to try it.
Hope all is well with you hon,
blessings, Nellie

mountain mama said...

oh, yum!!!!

Linda said...

Looks yummy!

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

It looks absolutely delicious Sue!

Leigh Powell Hines said...

Love a corn salad.

My meal-planning link is now up, and will be until 8/15. Hope you join me.

Ricki Treleaven said...

I am making this over the weekend. :D I am stopping by to get caught-up on your blog :D

Ricki Jill

Angie said...

This looks and sounds fantastic - summery to boot!