I was trying to think of something to alternate with the usual summer standby tomato salad of mozzarella and basil. In the everything-goes-better-with-bacon department, I made this, using leftover corn and a thin slice of blue cheese. It's enough for lunch or alongside something from the grill. —Sally
slices thick-cut bacon, cut in half
Kernels from one ear of leftover corn on the cob
finely diced red onion
red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
8 to 12
4 to 6
heirloom tomatoes of varying colors, sliced
Cook the bacon until crisp in a large skillet over medium heat. Transfer to a paper towel.
Pour off and discard all but a thin film of bacon drippings from the pan. Return the pan to the stove and add the corn. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat for about 2 minutes, until the corn begins to brown. Add the onion and stir for another minute until it begins to soften.
Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Scrape up any brown bits at the bottom of the pan. Push the vegetables to one side and gradually stir in the olive oil. Set the pan aside to cool briefly.
Set 2 to 3 lettuce leaves on each of 4 plates. Stack several tomato slices on top of the lettuce and tuck a slice of cheese between two of the layers. Top each salad with 3 half-slices of bacon and spoon the dressing over the top.
I am a home cook,author of a couple of cookbooks and mother. I write for the Boston Globe from time to time. My "kid" just left for college and comes home for cooking lessons. Too bad he was completely uninterested in the process (except when he was little and gingerbread was involved) until now. Without Mom to cook, he's very, very hungry. But it's fun to keep bonding over the stove.
I blog about food and life at www.sallypasleyvargas.com