Off the Spice Rack is the theme.
Basil and Paprika are the stars of the salad.

It’s time for dishes or salads using a spices at I ♥ Cooking Clubs this week. I joined in doing an adaption of Nigel Slater’s tomato and mozzarella salad. I added corn and it was a good compliment to the traditional versions. Maybe I added too much corn. But it was good and refreshing, nice and cold.

Basil is an herb, I know, but it's so good in a salad. Smoked paprika is a good addition and fits the theme :-)

Nigel Slater
The Observer, April 2008

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Corn


2 ears fresh corn on the cob
About 8 ounces of grape tomatoes (if you don’t have grape tomatoes just cut up several plum tomatoes)
6 ounces mozzarella, not the shredded type, cut into small pieces
8 basil leaves, chiffonade (roll leaves and slice thinly)
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 minced garlic clove
salt and pepper to taste

Cut corn off the cob and place in a bowl. Now add tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Give this a little stir to mix it up.

Add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, smoked paprika, salt and pepper to the bowl. Gently stir, I used a wooden spoon, and mix it well. Make sure this goes in the fridge for a bit as it’s very good cold.

Click on the link to see some other good dishes inspired by Nigel Slater's books and foodie columns. The gathering is at I ♥ Cooking Clubs.

Wow...can you believe we are the midway through July already?!


Debbie said...

Not too much corn---they were just BIG ears, right? It does look good and refreshing. Love that you can keep up with "I Heart Cooking", as I cannot, so I keep up vicariously thru you.

kitchen flavours said...

One can never have too much of sweet corn, especially when it looks this good with the herb and spice thrown in! And the cheese, of course! :)
Looks yummy!

Le laquet said...

Good tomatoes, fresh buffala mozzarella, lovely fresh corn, good dressing ... to use a proper (slightly 18+) British saying - if you fed me this salad "I wouldn't kick you out of bed for farting!"


Tina said...

Debbie, I can't always prepare so etching in time for the current theme but I give it a shot.

Thank you, Kitchen Flavours! We do love our corn.

Mrs L, you had me howling. I will do my best to control myself :-)

~~louise~~ said...

Oh yes! I'm collecting recipes for when the tomatoes finally ripen and this one is definitely on my list! Thanks for sharing, Tina...

Zosia said...

This salad has my mouth watering! There's nothing better than sweet corn straight off the cob, especially dressed with a lemony vinaigrette.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Delicious. Paprika is probably my favourite spice, but I never would have thought to add it to a salad like this - great choice.

Tina said...

I envy you your tomato crop, Louise. We didn't do as well with the garden.

Zosia, I think a lemon vinegrette can make most salads very tasty, thanks for the nice comment!

Sue, this was one of those "let's try this" moments. It worked :-)

Le laquet said...

#wink - control is good!!

Deb in Hawaii said...

How can you resist corn this time of year--so perfect with the tomatoes and mozzarella--such a great summer salad. I love the paprika addition too--it's one of my favorite spices. ;-)

ostwestwind said...

I like smoked paprika, it makes everything a bit more tasty. Corn isn't very common in salads here, but it sounds really delicious

Kim said...

No such thing as too much corn, Tina! Ha ha...seriously now. I love that you added the corn here. There is something about the flavor of basil and corn together that I just love. I could make a whole meal out of this!

Chef Mireille said...

I love smoked paprika. I recently bought some after not having it for a while and have been putting it in everything. It is so delicious

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