August 04, 2008

Sunshine Salad




Ingredients:
2 cups boiled or grilled corn kernals (cooled)
1 1/2 cups chopped red cabbage
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes*
1 cup chopped red onion
1 bunch scallions, diced (green and white parts)


dressing:
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon Scotch Bonnet hot sauce**
juice of 2 limes

*I used a combination of heirloom Yellow Pear and (red) Juliet tomatoes from my own garden.

**I used Miss Hatties Yellow Hot Sauce.

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Set aside. In a large bowl, toss together all of the salad ingredients. Drizzle with dressing then toss to coat. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving.

My thoughts:
Forgive the slightly cheesy name but this is sunshine in salad form: crisp, light and hot. While I periodically enjoy a traditional leafy salad, I find salads like these to be a bit more fun to make and eat. The trick is to balance all of the flavors and textures: sweet tomatoes, crisp red onion and cabbage, spicy dressing. Picking vegetables of different colors results in a salad that is as visually arresting as it is tasty.

8 comments:

  1. That looks so fresh and pretty! I think the name fits :-)

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  2. It does look delish. I'm a huge fan of red cabbage!

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  3. I think it's a cool name, actually. The photo evokes a very sunshiney feeling in me!

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  4. This looks like a refreshing salad for a good summertime dinner.

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  5. I think the title is perfect for this salad. It looks like sunshine in a bowl!

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  6. This salad looks so fresh and shunshinie! :)

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  7. This looks so refreshing and crisp!

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