8 summer salads that put the Caesar to shame

Photo by: Sarah Shatz
Amagansett Corn Salad-
This corn salad epitomizes the freshness of summer. Sweet raw corn kernels and their milk mix with the bright acid of tomatoes and the kick of red onion; a ... more 
Photo by: Sarah Shatz
Amagansett Corn Salad-
This corn salad epitomizes the freshness of summer. Sweet raw corn kernels and their milk mix with the bright acid of tomatoes and the kick of red onion; a hint of balsamic vinegar adds a caramel tang. The flavors mellow and meld as the salad sits for a bit. - A&M

Amagansett Corn Salad by Peter

Serves 4


8 ears of white corn
2 quarts cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar
1 medium red onion
(Optional) 1 quarts sugar snap peas
(Optional) 1 handful rough-chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley
salt, preferably a large, coarse sea salt like Maldon.
pepper


1. Strip raw corn from ears. Yep, raw. You can use a fancy corn stripper or just run your chef's knife down the side of each ear about 8 times.

2. Slice all cherry tomatoes in half or quarters depending on your preference. Chop the red onion into a large dice.

3. If using the sugar-snap peas (they can be hard to find when the corn and tomatoes are available -- their seasons barely overlap, and even then you're likely getting corn and tomatoes from the south and sugar snaps from the North.) Anyway, if using them, cut in half or thirds to make more bite-sized. If you're not using them, and less 
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