I clearly can't resist the lure of fresh corn at the Farmer's Market as I bought it again. So, I decided to make a Corn Salad with Italian flavors as the Tomatoes were also looking good. This is a very simple salad and tastes a like a Caprese Salad full of fresh Tomatoes and some Basil minus the Mozarella Cheese and of course adding Corn. My daughter in law suggested that we add some cubed Mozarella, but I didn't have any and I do think it would be a good addition. In this salad, I did peel the Tomatoes to highlight the difference in textures between the Tomatoes and Corn. It was a lovely and delicious side dish for a summer evening!
Corn Salad with Italian Flavors
2 large Ears of White Corn, shucked
3 Roma Tomatoes
20 or so Basil Leaves, cut into little pieces
2 - 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Optional: 8 oz. Mozarella Cheese cut into cubes
Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the Corn for 3 - 5 minutes. Put the Roma Tomatoes into the water for 1 minute and then remove to peel off the skin and chop. Remove the corn when done and cool before slicing the corn off the cob.
Place the Corn kernels and the Tomato (and Mozarella Cheese if using) in a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the chopped Basil Leaves and Salt and pour on the Olive Oil, tossing to mix.
Five Element Analysis
Corn is sweet and yellow so it belongs to the Earth Element. The Tomatoes contribute the Fire Element and the Basil Leaves add in the Metal Element. Mozarella Cheese would bring in even more Metal. The Olive Oil adds the Wood Element. Only the Water Element is missing which is why we served this as a side dish to grilled fish.