There are crispy leaves on the ground already, halloween costumes in shops and pumpkin spice everything everywhere. Many people might take that evidence, plus the fact that it is nearly the middle of September, and accept that Fall had arrived. But I refuse to believe that it is no longer summer. I am wearing summer clothes, doing summer things and eating summer foods. like my favorite salad right now, summer corn, tomato and feta salad with lime and cumin.
This recipe is great with fresh picked corn, grilled and slightly charred on the barbecue, kernels scraped off the cob-but I tack towards laziness so quite often, I use a bag of frozen corn, which makes a really good salad too, and it is really easy to make. Tinned corn kernels work well too.
Whatever corn you use, do get the best tomatoes you can find; the intense flavour of summer tomatoes is amazing with sharp lime and salty feta. The tomato-corn-feta combination is simple and minimalistic like a caprese: bright acid, creamy cheese and sunny tomatoes. This salad is hearty and filling; a bit of grilled chicken or fish on the side makes this a fillmeal. If you have any leftovers, throw the salad on some fish tacos.
corn, tomato and feta salad:
- 4-5 ears of corn, barbecued, kernels scraped off, or 1 bag frozen corn kernels, thawed
- 2 pints of small tomatoes, chopped in medium size pieces
- lime juice from 2-3 limes
- a glug olive oil
- large pinch cumin
- a bit of cayenne powder
- generous salt and pepper
Toss together tomatoes, corn and feta. Blend lime juice, olive oil, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper to taste, and drizzle over the salad.
Eat salad, taste the summer and pretend it's never going to end. That's what I'll be doing.
Photo credits: Tyrel Hiebert