Corn Season! Summer Salad with fresh Basil Vinaigrette

I love fresh corn, and at this time of year it ends up in so many meals, even a bright summer salad.

Fresh Corn Summer Salad with Basil Dressing

Fresh Corn Summer Salad with Basil Dressing

Right now fresh corn, sweet peppers, cucumbers and green beans are all in season along with delicate greens.

Dress your favourite greens with:

Basil Dressing
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
1 rounded tsp grainy mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 – 1/2 tsp chile flakes (to your families taste)

Blend in food processor until smooth, and then gradually add in 1/3 – 1/2 cup very good quality extra virgin olive oil.

I usually start with the 1/4 tsp chile flakes, and 1/3 cup olive oil. Taste once it is all smoothly blended. Add a little more chile flakes if you think you can handle it, and add olive oil as needed. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.

Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is one of my basic “house” dressings – works on so many salads.  Want a little something extra on your grilled vegetables?  Toss them in a little bit of this before and after grilling – you won’t believe the flavour boost!

1 tsp sugar                                       

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 garlic clove, halved

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients together well – give it a good shake and toss in your salad.

If you make a double or even triple batch it stores well in the fridge for 2 weeks.