I had to do it. I had to use corn again, and oh when fruit is ripe, it's ripe for the picking. Such is the time for grabbing peaches, nectarines and yes, corn. At first this might sound like an odd mix, but when you think about some of those sweet salsa mixes, this doesn't sound so odd at all. In fact, it's just like a salsa but each of the pieces cut larger to make this a hearty salad instead of topping for something else.
I love how all the textures and different flavor notes play off of each other with this combo. First you have the crunchy, sweet yet savory of the corn, the creaminess of the avocado, the soft, uber sweetness of the peach and nectarine playing nice with that sharp bite of the scallion. Oh, how I love when fruits and vegetables play nicely with one another. If only we all could dance together but shine separately like this salad, the world would be an even better place.
Ok, here are the nuts and bolts of this cut' em up, toss 'em up salad.
3 corn on the cob, kernels raw, cut off cob
1 avocado, cut in cubes
2 small peaches, cut in cubes
2 nectarines, cut in cubes
1 scallion, thinly sliced
Dressing: juice 1/2 orange, orange zest, juice 1/2 lime, salt, pepper whisk in olive oil
I don't mean to be sassy... Alright, I mean to be sassy, but seriously just follow what is written above (or the visuals below). Cut 'em up. Toss 'em up (gently). Eat 'em up.
You can also add arugula on a big platter as a bed for your 'salsa turned salad' to rest. Actually, this is a great idea because the arugula adds that pepper note that truly rounds out all the flavors on your taste buds. This one is a refreshing winner. We ate this at home one night with grilled fish. We also brought it a BBQ where they served grilled chicken and pork skewers. It added that perfect sweet/savory flavor to the meal.