Summer Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Mozzarella, and Basil
This summer tomato salad has everything you want in a warm weather, ready for entertaining, easy to prepare summer dish. Vine ripe tomatoes, grilled sweet corn, basil picked right out of the garden only moments before, fresh Ciliegine Mozzarella and paper thin slices of red onion tossed together in a bright and refreshing dressing of extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. It’s simple and uncomplicated, but the flavors are life-changing. And equally important, we all love a really good Caprese salad and this tomato salad has all of that and more! I can sense you’re already planning your next trip to the grocery store, it’s okay, I’m right there with you! Even though we just made a huge bowl of this delicious salad, I’m already dreaming of the next moment I can make more.
I know I’m repeating myself here, but this is one of my go-to salads. Especially when the gardens are ripe for the picking! This is my first year with actual gardens, guys! I’m so excited! My various apartment balconies over the years could only support a few pots, so I’ve been loading up on herbs, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash… and I’ve really only started.
I’m working on this cool DIY project for a massive planter, that I hope to show you in June. This DIY planter will be a home for even more flowers and veggies. Which is perfect, since I currently have about 5 mouths to feed on an average night, 8 if you include 2 dogs and a cat. Yeah, my life is a bit off the beaten path from the average person as of this moment, but I honestly feel really content right now. But don’t get me wrong, I miss California on a daily basis.
Anyways, I’m digressing here. I’ll save my currently off-the-norm life for another post because what really matters here is this freaking delicious Summer Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Mozzarella, and Basil! Am I right? This is a dinner on the back deck with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc kind of salad. It effortlessly pairs with grilled chicken, grilled steak, lasagna, salmon… the list is long. So without any further rambling from me, I suggest you run to the store and whip this up for dinner tonight! Yum, yum!
Oh, and this is by no means a plug for Trader Joe’s, even though I love that place and for some odd reason all of their employees are like really nice all of the time! If I’m having a bad day, going their somehow changes it around every time. It’s great and I love loading up on flowers there! Overall, this Summer Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Mozzarella, and Basil is basically my go-to Trader Joe’s salad. They usually have every ingredient and it doesn’t cost a fortune to make it. In short, we all know how expensive mozzarella can be at most stores, but it’s usually $1-$2 cheaper at TJ. Just a little FYI, haha. Okay, I’m done rambling now. Until next time!
With love from my kitchen to yours,
- 3 ears of corn, husks left on
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, or more if needed. Can substitute butter
- 2 lbs grape tomatoes and/or mini heirloom tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
- 2 - 8 oz. containers Ciliegine Mozzarella balls, cut in half
- 8-10 large fresh basil leaves, rough chopped
- ¼ red onion, thinly slices
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil, or more if needed.
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Salt and Pepper
- Balsamic Vinegar, optional
- Heat grill to 400 degrees. Carefully pull back the husk on your ears of corn, without removing the husk from the corn. Remove the silk from the ears of corn. Lightly rub coconut oil over each ear of corn, then sprinkle with salt. Pull the husk back into place, tie with butcher’s twine* and place on the hot grill. Rotate the ears of corn every 4 minutes, until cooked on all sides. Don’t over cook, which will make the corn kernels chewy. Remove from grill and allow to cool. Take a sharp knife and carefully run it down the length of the corn, removing the corn kernels. Add kernels to a large bowl.
- To that same large bowl, add halved tomatoes, halved mozzarella, chopped basil and sliced onions. Drizzle olive oil over ingredients and juice from lemon. Toss everything together and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve in a nice big serving bowl with balsamic vinegar on the side, if you desire. However the salad is great without it, allowing the lemon zest to stand out.
- *If you don’t have butcher’s twine, you can substitute unwaxed, unflavored white dental floss.You can also place with ears of corn directly on the grill without tying them, just make sure the husks are laying flat and tight against the corn. Tying helps to keep husks in place as you rotate them.