Meghan asks me, on average, seventeen times an hour to go outside and play basketball when the temperature is near triple digits with 1000% humidity. She doesn’t care that upon stepping outside her cheeks instantly change to the color of the tomatoes in the salad I’m about to tell you about. (She gets that lovely trait from her mother) She doesn’t care that pregnant women handle being hot about as well as men handle being forced to talk about their feelings.
She doesn’t care. She just wants to play outside. So what do I do? Like a good mom, I take her outside, hoping she’ll at least burn enough energy to help her take a good nap. Of course I turn on the hose and tell her playing basketball is not nearly as fun as playing in the water.
Then, I plan a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where a heat wave consists of temperatures climbing above 70 degrees. As you read this, we are on our way. (Look, Mom, I’m organized and blogging ahead of time!)
If you are stuck in a place where it’s so hot you don’t want to spend more than a few minutes in the kitchen, try this quick summer salad. Only 5 ingredients and it takes advantage of the fresh summer flavors of sweet corn, tomatoes, and basil.
I discovered it by accident when I had a few ears of leftover sweet corn. (Bonus if you have leftover corn–you don’t even have to turn on the stove to make this salad!) I threw the ingredients together and was pleasantly surprised. I’ve made it a few times since then, even when I didn’t have leftover corn. I just love the fresh flavors and simplicity of this salad.Print
5-ingredient summer salad
A quick and easy salad that comes together in minutes
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Salad
- Cuisine: American
- fresh corn from 3 cobs (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size (You can use regular tomatoes, too, you’ll just want to core and seed them first)
- juice from one lime (about 2 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cook your corn using your desired method, if it isn’t already cooked. (Grilling the corn would be delicious here) Allow the corn to cool and cut the kernels off of the cob. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Serve immediately.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 74
- Sugar: 4g
- Sodium: 289mg
- Fat: 0.5g
- Carbohydrates: 15.5g
- Protein: 2.75g
Keywords: easy salad