Tossed Summer Salad w/ Tomatoes and Peaches

 

This tossed summer salad is a walking celebration of summer – it’s when tomatoes, peaches and corn are at their finest, so why not flaunt them and enjoy while in season?

A lot of people stop me after a share this recipe because of the controversy of corn – so let me take just a moment to debunk some food fears. Most of the corn in the US gets a bad reputation because of how it is used and processed in our food system. It is genetically modified, stripped of nutrients, processed into high fructose corn syrup and used as animal feed (which is the #1 reason why most animal products in the US are so inflammatory). The way we often use corn fattens us up. Yes, in this respect I think corn is bad. If you’re really interested in this topic, Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma is a fantastic overview of how corn is used in every aspect of our food system and is a great read.

That being said, I’m a big advocate of food in its most natural state. I encourage you to first think critically before passing judgment on a specific food – enjoy it raw and in season (once cooked it develops a higher sugar content). Corn in its most natural state is a good source of fiber and really delicious. When purchasing, find non-GMO and organic rather than conventionally raised which is GMO by default. Pair with lime juice in order to activate the essential vitamin B3, which helps to support the body’s energy producing pathways.

Savor the flavor and textures of this salad – I’m confident that you’ll enjoy every bite!

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 large heirloom tomatoes (or 2-3 cups mixed cherry tomatoes
  • 1x sweet summer peach
  • 1x ear of non-GMO, organic sweet corn
  • 1x lime wedge
  • ½ c – 1 c basil, shredded
  • 1 ½ tbsp belberry lime vinegar
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Bibb lettuce

Chop the tomatoes and peach and toss together. Remove kernels from corn (first coat the stalk with lime juice) and add to tomatoes and peaches. Combine the remaining ingredients to taste.

To serve lay out bibb lettuce leaves and top with chopped salad. Bon appétit!