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by on July 26th, 2009

Kumquat, Corn, And a Few Other Things Salad

There are so many summer vegetables out now, it would be a crime not to try something different with all those wonderful things you may be picking up at your farmer’s markets in your area.

Kumquat, corn, avocado and a few other things makes this a great summer salad to serve with your steak which I am making tonight for my daughter along with a chimichurri sauce.

I teach technique classes at Williams Sonoma and earlier in the week I saw that I was suppose to make a roasted corn salad that tomatoes and feta. As usual, I started thinking of ways I was going to tweak this and I have made my version twice this week.

I love making salads in the summer when I can throw a bunch of things together, give it a squeeze of lime and a drizzle of a very good olive oil and call it “done”.

I’ve become spoiled to good olive oils and finishing salts since working at Williams Sonoma. I’m always picking up good deals on some very good oils and I love using finishing salts because it adds a crunch to whatever you put it on.

I started with a corn and avocado salad recipe I have had in my “try” list on my computer cookbook and decided to add a few things to the recipe.

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I think some cucumber and Serrano chilies will be good and also a little cilantro and shallot. Wonder what sliced kumquats will taste like. I slice up these little kumquats all the time to put in green salads but have never tried them in with vegetable type salads.

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I think all these flavors are going to blend well together.

Kumquat, Corn, And a Few Other Things Salad

7-8 small firm kumquat, sliced, seeds removed

2 ears corn, grilled or boiled until tender, cut off cob

2 vine ripened tomatoes (I like the ones with vines still attached) or use grape tomatoes, cut in half

1 avocado, peeled, pitted and cubed

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cubed

1 shallot or small amount of red onion, diced

1 Serrano pepper, seeded and chopped fine

1/4-1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Juice of one lime

olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

chives for garnishing

Grill or cook your corn and cut off the cob. Cool. Slice the kumquats and add to the corn. Then add all the other vegetables. Toss in the Serrano pepper and the cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze juice of one lime over the salad and drizzle with about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss, chill and serve. Enjoy!

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