Cherry Tomato Basil Salad

A simple summer salad - perfect for picnics and BBQ's when tomatoes are in season!

cherry tomato basil salad // loveandlemons.com

I realizeโ€ฆ this hardly counts as a recipe. In fact, I can list a whole slew of “recipes” I’ve posted that don’t reinvent any wheel or involve genius ingredient combinations. But it’s summer, and I’m of the opinion that when summer produce is at it’s peak, you should do little with it. That, or I’m starting to get lazy, I’m not sure which.

Either way, this not-rocket-science salad was dinner last Sunday night. A simple & pretty way to welcome the first official weekend of summer. It’s a glorified caprese salad, with sweet basil oil and some crunchy raw corn. Which would be unheard of on the island of Capri, but I had some beautiful fresh corn on hand, so in it went.

cherry tomato basil salad // loveandlemons.com(I thought it was adorable that these were same size as my little tomatoes).

cherry tomato basil salad // loveandlemons.com

some other “barely” recipes you might enjoy this summer:

grilled herb garden pizza
roasted carrots & cilantro
kale & white bean crostini
lemony chickpea salad

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cherry tomato basil salad
 
serves 2
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Ingredients
basil oil:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2-3 basil leaves (plus more to toss into the salad)
  • squeeze of lemon
salad:
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • about ⅔ cup of small mozzarella balls, halved
  • ½ cup raw corn kernels
  • a few sliced basil leaves
  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup pine nuts (optional)
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Make the basil oil by very finely chopping 3-4 of your basil leaves, and mixing with the olive oil and a small squeeze of lemon. (you can also do this in a food processor). Let that sit while you assemble everything else.
  2. Toss together the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, corn kernels and remainder of sliced basil with a bit of salt & pepper.
  3. Drizzle basil oil on top (however much you want), along with a splash of balsamic vinegar.
  4. Top with pine nuts and red pepper flakes. Serve with the remaining basil oil on the side.
Notes
vegan sub: replace mozzarella with chopped avocado

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  1. Tieghan from halfbakedharvest.com
    06.26.2013

    Well, it is a dang awesome recipe to me!! I love everything about it!

  2. The best recipes are often not highly complicated anyway. You post the most wonderful recipe bases which demonstrate the simple pleasures good fresh food can deliver.

  3. Corn – Great addition to one of my favorite summer salads when the tomatoes are at their prime! Love your pics!

  4. Maria from twopeasandtheirpod.com
    06.26.2013

    I could eat this salad every day!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      06.27.2013

      Totally agree, I’m especially picky about tomatoes… these little ones were so perfect at my farmers market that day.

  5. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com
    06.26.2013

    This salad is so perfect fo the new season tomatoes! Now, if only my backyard tomatoes would ripen…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. amanda from gmail.com
    06.26.2013

    this looks super tasty. summer is the best time for simple foods and gorgeous photos! tomatoes <3 <3

  7. This reminds me of the baby tomatoes I saw at the market last week. I had to smile at your non-recipe comment because so many of my favourite salads are that way too. Yours looks so delicious, and I love the addition of the corn and pine nuts. Sometimes simple is best! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      06.27.2013

      Thanks! Agreed, I love simple when it’s just the right combo. (plus I’m a sucker for tomato-basil anything)

  8. The best recipes are the ones that are made fresh without any fuss. This is summer in a plate. Gorgeous!!

  9. Sarah from thesugarhit.com
    06.27.2013

    Sometimes a reminder of a delicious combination is as good as a recipe. Plus I love to see how you style thangs. Love it!

  10. Kathryn from londonbakes.com
    06.27.2013

    This is pretty much summer in a bowl – beautiful.

  11. Sometimes it’s the simplest ingredients that produce the best flavour combinations. When somethings good why complicate it?

    Dannielle @ Chic-a-Dee

  12. annie from threethingsannie.wordpress.com
    06.27.2013

    yum – perfect summer salad!! also I love you photographs – any tips? thanks!!

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