In April, I planted a forest-worth of tomatoes smugly thinking that I would have baskets of beautiful tomatoes throughout the Summer. The plants are enormous, but have only produced 1 tomato. ONLY ONE!! It was a Big Bertha and the birds got it before I did. That does not stop me from buying gorgeous tomatoes at the market and eating them every which way. Tomatoes stuffed with salad is something my mother use to make. Here, I have stuffed the best of summer's tomatoes with a salad made from the best of summer's sweet corn and fresh herbs. Serve it alone with some crusty bread or alongside grilled fish for a delicious Summer supper. The best part: you get to eat the bowl. —Waverly
What You'll Need
medium - large ripe tomatoes
ears sweet corn, for about 3 cups of kernels, husks and silk removed
cup finely chopped red bell pepper
cup finely chopped celery
cup finely chopped red onion
crumbled feta cheese
fresh cilantro, chopped
fresh basil, chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
cup exra virgin olive oil
small clove garlic, finely chopped
fresh lime juice
zest of 1 lime
PREP THE TOMATOES: Using a sharp knife, remove the tops and the core of the tomatoes. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and juice so that you are left with a hollow tomato shell. This will be your salad bowl. Set hollowed-out tomatoes aside.
PREP CORN: Bring a pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, fill a sink with ice water. When the water boils, add a little salt and then add the corn. Cook corn for 3 minutes. Remove from pot and immediately place in sink of ice water to stop the cooking. When corn is cool, dry them off and then cut the kernels from the cobs.
TOSS: In a mixing bowl, combine the corn kernels with the bell pepper, celery, onion, feta cheese, and herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime zest, garlic and lime juice with a pinch of sea salt. Pour enough vinaigrette over the salad to moisten and toss.
STUFF AND SERVE: Divide corn salad among tomato bowls and serve.
Waverly used to be a lawyer and is now a mother 24/7. She has made a commitment to cooking for her family and absolutely loves it even when her family does not. She is teaching them, one meal at a time, to enjoy wholesome homemade food. She abhors processed food but recognizes its insidious nature and accepts the fact that her children will occasionally get some Skittles, Doritos, or the like. Her philosophy and hope is that if she teaches them well at home, they will prefer wholesome healthy foods when they go out into the world without her.