Thursday, June 16

Arugula & Corn Salad

A summery arugula salad full of fresh corn, grape tomatoes, and aged Gouda

Arugula, Corn, & Tomato Salad with Gouda

In general, I'm not someone who loves salads. Sure, they're a great way to get vegetables and an easy side dish, but I've never craved a salad - until I made this one. Inspired by a recent meal I had at Gjelina, this arugula and corn salad has been on my brain ever since. I jazzed it up here with some shavings of L'Amuse Gouda - possibly my favorite hard cheese on the planet. It adds a ton of flavor and pairs well with the sweet corn and tomatoes and spicy wild arugula. Since this dish has so few ingredients, it's really important to use fresh, great-tasting vegetables and high-quality olive oil in the dressing (I broke out my nice bottle of McEvoy Ranch extra virgin). The salad is hearty enough for lunch and makes a great side dish, and because it's so healthy you don't have to feel bad about eating a ton of it.

Related Recipes:
- Corn & Avocado Salad with Jalapeno-Lime Dressing
- Baby Caprese Salad
- Grilled Zucchini Salad

Arugula & Corn Salad with Thyme Croutons:
For Croutons

  • Cut a demi baguette into 3/4 inch cubes.
  • Place on a baking sheet and toss with 1-2 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves.
  • Season croutons with salt and pepper and bake for 10-15 minutes in a 350°F oven.
  • Let croutons cool before adding to the salad.*
For Dressing
  • Combine 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, and 1 minced garlic clove.
  • Slowly whisk in 1/4 c. high-quality extra virgin olive oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
For Salad
  • Remove the kernels from 3 ears of corn and saute in 1 tbsp. olive oil for 4-5 minutes. Let cool.
  • Add corn to a large bowl, along with 1 pt. halved grape tomatoes and 4 c. wild arugula.**
  • Use a vegetable peeler to shave 2 oz. L'Amuse Gouda*** onto salad.
  • Top with croutons and toss with dressing.

Makes two - three lunch salads
Makes four - six side salads
*Can be made a few days ahead of time and stored in an air-tight container.
**Available at some farmer's markets. Can be substituted for regular or baby arugula.
***Previously featured here. Can be substituted for an aged Gouda or Pecorino Romano.