I loved being in Austin over the past four days, but there is nothing quite like coming home and getting back into the groove of a schedule and routine. Don’t get me wrong, the food in Austin was amazing, but at the end of the day I would rather just eat at home.

The process of cooking my own food and preparing meals with ingredients from my kitchen is such a safe, soothing and relaxing process. I think that has something to do with the fact that I can be slightly type-A and I enjoy knowing what exactly goes into each meal I consume.

For almost a week now, I’ve been dreaming of making this salad. Fresh, uncooked corn kernels from good old Iowa sweet corn and tangy, juicy grape tomatoes cut with rich shards of cheese. The Basil-Lime Dressing that tops this corn salad is bright and zesty, and would make a great topper to a lettuce-based salad, too.

Raw Corn and Tomato Salad with Basil-Lime Dressing
Ingredients
Dressing
*1/3 cup light balsamic vinaigrette
*1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
*Juice from 1/2 lime
*2 cloves garlic, peeled
*1/3 cup packed fresh basil leaves
*1/4 teaspoon salt
Salad
*Corn kernels from 4 ears of fresh sweet corn, uncooked
*1 1/2 to 2 cups sliced cherry or grape tomatoes
*1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese

Instructions
*In the bowl of a food processor, combine the ingredients for the dressing. Blend until well-combined and smooth. Set aside.
*In a large bowl, combine the corn, tomatoes and Asiago cheese. Drizzle dressing atop salad mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with black pepper and additional salt, if desired. Makes 4 to 6 side-dish servings

Happy Cooking!

Madison

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  • http://barrysbites.wordpress.com/ barrysbites

    Looks delicious!

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    This salad looks delicious! I want to hear more about your trip:-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00035668176161769026 Laura

    Yum! This looks awesome – I love a good corn salad! Making this asap!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13830938432043057496 Cindy @The Flipping Couple

    Wow, this sounds amazing. Definitely adding it to the summer BBQ rotation.

  • http://www.bakingserendipity.com Baking Serendipity

    This looks fantastic! Definitely perfect for every summer cookout I have planned :)

  • http://helennaturally.wordpress.com helen

    I love raw corn salads. I will have to try your version with that dressing! Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05411407173763775352 Paula

    I like this basil-lime dressing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07297768246663981574 Debbie B.

    Yum!! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02119217193772606525 Chef in Training

    wow! this looks amazing! I love finding new recipes! I found your blog while blog hopping and i LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow my blog too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17987795624398203941 Jesse

    i love a black bean salad, i put avocado and cilantro in mine!

    black bean and corn salad

  • https://twitter.com/#!/loveka Katie

    This looks fantastic! Would love to make it for my family's 4th of July gathering this year.

  • http://dowhatuwant.info Giuseppina Pardey

    i thought you did a excellent job of this, thanks