Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tomato-Corn Salad

Fresh corn is often so sweet and tender that there is no need to cook it. Prep Time: 15 minutes. Notes: Chef Bart Hosmer uses basil flowers in this dish. Just pull the flowers from the stalks and sprinkle them like confetti into the salad in place of (or in addition to) the chopped basil. They add a light, floral note. Optional: add black beans, rinsed, for additional protein and fiber.

  • 3 ears sweet corn
  • 1 pound tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion, rinsed in cold water and patted dry with paper towels
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • Salt and pepper

Over a large bowl, cut kernels off corn cobs and stir in tomatoes and onion. Toss with vinegar and basil; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tomatoes with wine: Parcel 104's Master Sommelier, Randall Bertao, likes wines with clean, focused flavors and a medium acidity to balance the tomatoes--such as Charles Melton Rosé 2004 (Barossa Valley, Australia; $12) and Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Russian River Valley, CA; $27).

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Per serving: CALORIES 58(12% from fat); FAT 0.8g (sat 0.1g); PROTEIN 2.3g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; SODIUM 14mg; FIBER 2.4g; CARBOHYDRATE 13g

Adapted from Sunset Magazine

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