Fresh Tomato, Basil, and Grilled Corn Salad
Feeds 3 - 4
It's time for another Student Friendly recipe!! I make this salad sometimes 3 times a week; it is so damn easy and I always have basil and tomatoes at the ready. I'm obsessed with fresh herbs but especially basil as of late, so I really wanted to share this one as quickly as possible.
There are so many ways to make this salad so check my PRO TIPS section to see what i'm talking about. You can make this as fancy or as cheap as you like really, and it will taste good either way.
Not only is this damn good, but it's healthy... oftentimes a rarity in my life...other times all i eat is baby spinach and fruit. Do you guys feel me? Like one day you're telling your super healthy best friend to relax and enjoy food more, but then the next month you're slapping a fork out of her hand because she's going to regretti the spaghetti if she eats it. It comes in waves, we can't all be perfect okay.
You don't need the corn or the balsamic to make this dish if you don't have it. Hun, if you're thinking that it's a little too pricey you can just cut some cherry tomatoes, roughly chop some basil, sprinkle a little salt and olive oil on top, and you've still got a great addition to any main. That would cost under £3.00 so that ain't too bad.
The chopping and ingredients do not need to be fancy, but if you want to present this to your friends and have them raising an eyebrow because someone's getting a bit too big for their boots then you can do a couple of things to elevate it: get mixed colour cherry tomatoes, chop the tomatoes differently i.e. halves and quarters, chop your basil into ribbons, and sprinkle some smaller basil leaves on top for a finishing touch.
Add some thinly sliced red onion for an extra bit of acidity and colour if you're feeling #bougie
Price of Ingredients
Not including: Olive Oil, Salt
Sum Total of Ingredients: £5.95 (3.95 without balsamic)
2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 - 2 corn on the cobs (completely dependent on how much you like corn)
1/2 cup of chopped basil
1 tablespoon of balsamic glaze
1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt to taste
Start by heating up a grill pan on medium-high heat (or a regular frying pan if you don't have a grill pan). Place your cobs on the grill without butter or olive oil - trust me, they'll be fine. Move them around every so often to get a bit of a char on them - approx. cooking time is 10 minutes. Remove the cobs and slice the kernels of the cob.
Place your cut tomatoes onto a serving plate flesh-side up and crack a large pinch of salt over the top of them. Add your chopped basil and sliced corn to the tomatoes and lightly toss.
Drizzle over olive oil and balsamic glaze right before serving.