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Fresh Corn Polenta with Avocado and Tomato Salad

July 15, 2014

Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.

Today: Summer's best supper, ready in less than 20 minutes.

Fresh Corn Polenta with Avocado and Tomato Salad

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Summer corn is truly a sign of the season, so much so that I refuse to eat it at other times of the year -- it just isn’t right. Eating corn is almost always a messy and memorable event reserved for big meals in backyards or on porches

This dish translates the best parts of the season into a weeknight dinner: Turn a bit of grated corn into comfort food with a little time on the stove, then top it with a simple tomato and avocado salad. It’s a meal that only summer can offer. 

Fresh Corn Polenta with Avocado and Tomato Salad

Serves 4

8 ears corn, husked
2 tablespoons butter
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 small avocados
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way. 

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.

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Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Soup Club, is a collection of recipes she made for her underground soup club of vegan and grain-free soups she delivers every week to friends throughout Seattle's rainy winter.