Swear I’ll give you a break on the corn after this. Promise.

Easy Grilled Corn Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese and Basil Ribbons I howsweeteats.com

As the title states, I am a bit mortified to share something so ridiculously simple with you, but we have been eating this nearly every.single.day. for the last few weeks. Actually, when we came back from Nantucket, we DID eat it every day for a week. SOMEBODY had to pick out the avocado but that doesn’t stop me from telling you about it, now does it?

Of course not.

Before we get to that, I have to confess that my invisible yet real life is an atrocious mess as I am still living out of my suitcase after arriving home eight days ago. Yes, eight. And the best part is that my suitcase hasn’t even made it to my room yet. Nope. Oh and actually, it’s two suitcases. Both just hanging out, one in the foyer – yes, you’ve got that right – and another one on the living room floor. Shoes everywhere. Clothes in piles. How old am I? It all started because it was way too heavy for me to carry upstairs on my own and since we got home around midnight, I didn’t feel like whining and complaining to my husband to drag it all the way upstairs. So it only made it up one floor.

Easy Grilled Corn Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese and Basil Ribbons I howsweeteats.com

I decided that I would unpack it early the next morning but, um, you see how well that panned out. Last summer I started to make a conscious effort to unpack my crap the minute I arrived home – making it the first thing I did. Otherwise, I would spend four weeks running halfway down the stairs to grab just one thing from a ziplock back full of toiletries. Right. Not grab the entire bag. Not take the whole bag upstairs in the thirty five thousand times I climbed the stairs in one day. Just leave it there.

I’m the epitome of the worst thing ever about this generation. And why yes, of course I know that in the four minutes it took me to type all that out? I could’ve dragged that stuff upstairs. Wah. My grandmothers would be horrified.

So while I haven’t had time to do chores and unpack, I have had time to read some trashy magazines, eat a s’mores blizzard from dairy queen, attempt some Pinterest-failed nails, watch Pitch Perfect twice and make this salad every other day. Funny how that works.

Easy Grilled Corn Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese and Basil Ribbons I howsweeteats.com

Anyway, enough. I think by now you know how I feel about corn and tomatoes in the summer – though I must admit that I’m very partial to grape and cherry tomatoes, not big slices unless we’re talking heirlooms. This dish… it’s so versatile. It can be a simple side, thrown in a salad, a pizza topper even. For me, the most important part of this salad is seasoning it with salt and pepper. It just takes it over the top. I know how ridiculous that sounds but it’s an essential step. And while I’ve been on an obnoxious feta kick, I really liked the switch up with blue cheese here. I vividly remember my parents eating slices of tomato with blue cheese and balsamic nearly every summer night at dinner when I was kid.

And since we know how much I still act like a child, well…

Easy Grilled Corn Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese and Basil Ribbons I howsweeteats.com


Easy Grilled Corn Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese and Basil Ribbons

Yield: serves 4 appropriately, 2 obnoxiously

Total Time: 15 minutes


4 ears grilled sweet corn, cut off the cob
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 lime, juiced
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
10 basil leaves, sliced


Combine corn, tomatoes, avocado, salt and pepper in a large bowl and toss to coat. Add in the juice of one lime and the olive oil and toss. Top with crumbled blue cheese and basil ribbons and toss once more. Serve immediately.

Even with the avocado, this stays good in the fridge for a day or two - just press a piece of plastic wrap tightly against the salt and refrigerate. If you're my husband, this stays good in the fridge for 4 or 5 days. Oomph.

Easy Grilled Corn Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese and Basil Ribbons I howsweeteats.com

This is also really good with chips! Obviously.

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66 Responses to “Embarrassingly Easy Grilled Corn Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese and Basil Ribbons.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 8, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    I love corn and there is no way I could get sick of it! This is a wonderful simple recipe and is a staple in my summer cooking, however I like the addition of the blue cheese. Fabulous idea!!


  2. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — July 8, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    Grill plates need to be used more often now that I discovered the beauty of veggie grilling. This is such a simple recipe that I can make it even when I am too tired to think. The blue cheese goes well with avos; killer combo


  3. #
    Sarah — July 8, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    Gah! All I want is corn and tomatoes and it’s literally the middle of winter here! Another one to file away…


  4. #
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun — July 8, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    I have to say you make everything look embarrassingly easy! :) This looks delicious and like the perfect summer salad!


  5. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — July 8, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    OMG this sounds amazing! I hate unpacking from trips too – it’s at that point when it hits that there is nothing left to look forward to – the trip is done, you have no vacation time left, and it’s back to work. GAH! But grilled corn makes life better. And so does Pitch Perfect (LOVE!) and Pinterest. I tried my first ombre nails on the weekend and they actually didn’t turn out so bad! There are a bazillion nail ideas on there thought that I don’t even know where to start with. Ah well.. Maybe I’ll attempt something new next time I’m watching Pitch Perfect. ;)


  6. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 8, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    I love easy recipes like this! Also, I arrived home from NYC 8 days ago and still have my suitcase in the hall. Friend, I get you.


    • Jessica — July 8th, 2013 @ 9:51 am

      thank goodness i’m not alone.


      • erin @hooleywithaz — July 8th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

        AGREED! don’t ever apologize for these recipes. or for leaving your stuff packed. i’ve been living out of a dopp kit while i move/work travel because it seems ridiculous to expend the energy to do anything else.

  7. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 8, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    I have like…24 avocados on hand that I was given. This looks like an easy winner to put one of them to use!


  8. #
    carrian — July 8, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    fresh and delicious-totally my style. Love this


  9. #
    Tieghan — July 8, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    Please don’t stop with the corn, avocados or tomatoes. If you do i will not be able to justifie posting them every other day as well. Plus, I am still wanting more, more and more!
    This salad is right up my alley. Corn, tomatoes, avoados and blue cheese. I am honestly telling you I LIVE off of these foods right now. Plus, lots of fruit!


  10. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — July 8, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    No break from corn! It’s just too good!


  11. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — July 8, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    Love this, minus the blue cheese. I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t like it. But I LOVE corn in the summer!


    • Jessica — July 8th, 2013 @ 9:51 am

      feta feta feta!


  12. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 8, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    You just made me feel a billion times better about the suitcase sitting in my hallway…

    And give me corn and blue cheese every day pleaseee!


  13. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — July 8, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    the best things in life are simple. This looks awesome.

    How about that I still have winter clothes bins overflowing in our bedroom and it’s July?!?!?! Ugh will I ever get my act together and pack them all up.


  14. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — July 8, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    add in a sprinkle of sugar – trust me, it will make this sing!!!

    also, bacon? I could throw some bacon into this mix ;)


  15. #
    Kathy@SugarRushBaking — July 8, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    The simplest is always the best, great combo. When i find something I like I always have it over and over and over. Yum.


  16. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — July 8, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    This is one of my favorite kinds of summer salads, because it includes grilled corn AND it’s easy. Gotta love simple, fresh, and tasty!


  17. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — July 8, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    You had me at basil ribbons and grilled corn!!! Then I saw the limes!!! Wow.


  18. #
    Jacqueline — July 8, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    I’ve been making something similar this summer too, with feta (as you knew would be awesome), black beans and cilantro. My garden is exploding with basil, so I think I will try that and bleu cheese next time!


  19. #
    Laurie E. — July 8, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    I’m not a blue cheese fan but feta would work here. And anything with fresh basil, fresh corn, and avocado- well, bazinga!


  20. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — July 8, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    No joke, I was literally going to Google “summer salads” but I decided to see what was new on your blog first and now I don’t need to Google it! This is perfect!


  21. #
    meredith — July 8, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    you must have gotten the mexican street corn at corazon del mar


  22. #
    sara — July 8, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    Wow! This looks fantastic – such great flavors! :)


  23. #
    Cristina — July 8, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    Love that it stays good in the fridge for different lengths of time, depending on who you are ;) Things stay good in the fridge for horrifying lengths of time if you’re my father.


  24. #
    Eileen — July 8, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Yes! Corn, tomato, and basil, together at last. Or is that together forever? :) I really need to break out the grill so I can get my hands on some beautifully blistered corn!


  25. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — July 8, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    This looks so flavorful and delicious.. Not to mention light too!!!


  26. #
    Jenni — July 8, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    Of course it’s good with chips. What’s not good with chips?! With this recipe I’m thinking blue corn tortilla chips for sure. Sometimes, most times actually, I find that the simplest recipes are the best!


  27. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — July 8, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    Yumm! I need to get my grill fixed so I can grill some corn! Never had it that way and I looove fresh native corn. This looks like a lovely salad, I’d use my corn leftovers for it for sure.


  28. #
    Larry — July 8, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    Simple. Delicious. GIMME!


  29. #
    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — July 8, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    Please don’t stop with the corn…or the easy recipes either :)


  30. #
    Madelaine — July 8, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    I’m with you on the corn, and Pitch Perfect. I can’t seem to get enough of either right now!


  31. #
    Annie @ What's Annie Making? — July 8, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    The only thing worse than packing a suitcase is unpacking it… This salad looks perfect. I’m all about easy summer meals right now. More time to NOT unpack :)


  32. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 8, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    Oh yeeessss, child. This is my perfect summer salad! PS – I want whatever’s in that pink glass.


  33. #
    Abbe@This is How I Cook — July 8, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    One can have to much corn?


  34. #
    Lauren — July 8, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    Oh those DQ S’mores blizzards are beyond good!


  35. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — July 8, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    This looks unbelievable! If it wasn’t 117 degrees outside here I would grill up corn right now and throw this together!


  36. #
    dervla — July 8, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    no break on corn, NO! Give me corn recipes every day for the rest of the summer! I’m pretty much existing on tomato sandwiches and corn on the cob. Can’t grill it like you can, but anyway.


  37. #
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — July 9, 2013 @ 1:50 am

    Haha! As I am reading this I see my bag from the holiday weekend out of the corner of my eye, demanding to be unpacked. Just ignoring it….


  38. #
    Barb | Creative Culinary — July 9, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    No breaks required…I think when it’s good and it’s fresh you simply can not get enough of it. Corn. Well, tomatoes too.

    I plan a dinner at least once a year for friends with nothing but corn and tomatoes in all of their glory…geez, I could just make this salad and really blow them away!


  39. #
    Vicki Bensinger — July 9, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    I love this dish. It’s perfect for the summer and goes so well with so many dishes, plus it’s colorful making it more fun to eat. Thanks for sharing.


  40. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 9, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    I’ve lived out of a suitcase for an abnormal amount of time, too :) Don’t sweat it. Love this salad!


  41. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — July 9, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    Yum! i want to recreate this, but with goat cheese.


  42. #
    Tracey — July 9, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    This salad sounds so yummy, I can’t wait to try it!

    Also, so funny you mentioned Pitch Perfect! What is it about that movie? I think I watched it like 6 times last weekend (no joke!).


  43. #
    Lisa — July 9, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

    Love these salady meals in the summer!


  44. #
    Sharon — July 9, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    YUMMMMM…cant wait to hit the grocery store, or better yet, fresh produce stand, to pick up the corn and tomatoes and make this yummy dish. Thanks for yet another fabulouso recipe! You rock!!


  45. #
    Nessa — July 9, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    That grilled corn looks killer!


  46. #
    A. — July 9, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

    omg yum


  47. #
    Erin — July 10, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    I made this last night, and it’s SO GOOD. I live in an apartment without a grill so I cheated and used the Trader Joe’s frozen roasted sweet corn, but it worked just fine. Definitely will be hijacking a friend’s grill to make some fresh roasted corn though because I think it would make this even better. A fantastic summer salad!


  48. #
    Shay — July 12, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    I do not even know the way I ended up here, but I assumed
    this publish was once great. I don’t realize who you might be but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you happen to are not already.


  49. #
    Kathleen — July 15, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    So, I just made this and it was sooo good. I can’t eat avocado, but I added some crumbled up cooked bacon and eliminated the olive oil. So good.


  50. #
    Joan Collier — July 16, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    Yummy vegetables! Great ideas! x



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