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Tomato, Cucumber, Corn, and Herb Summer Salad

Serves: 6
1 to 2 garlic cloves
1 very small red onion (or shallot)
Juice and zest of 1 small lemon
2 tablespoons Champagne (or white wine) vinegar
2 tablespoons sherry (or red wine) vinegar
1 ear corn
1 large tomato (or a pint of cherry tomatoes)
1 cucumber
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chives
1 cup basil
1/2 teaspoon flaky salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Set out a large mixing bowl. Mince the garlic and thinly slice the red onion; move them to the bowl. Add the lemon juice and zest and both vinegars. Spoon the liquid over the onion and garlic to coat so that their harshness starts to mellow.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a vigorous simmer. Remove the husk from the corn. Boil the corn for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on how deep you are into corn season. (Very fresh corn barely needs to be cooked at all.) Remove the corn from the water, and run it briefly under the tap, until it is cool enough to handle. Cut the kernels from the cob, and scoop them into the mixing bowl.

Dice the tomato or cut the cherry tomatoes into halves. Cut the cucumber into thin half-moons. Add both to the bowl. Pour in the live oil. Mince the chives and chiffonade the basil and then add those, too.

Finish by adding the salt and black pepper. Give everything a generous stir, and then allow the salad to sit for 5 minutes; taste it, and add more olive oil, salt, and pepper if needed. If you have time, allow the salad to sit for another 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with plenty of good bread, to mop up all the juices.

From: Food52.com

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