Fresh Corn & Cherry Salad with Sweet Cucumber Vinaigrette

I remember years ago, seeing a salad in an old Cooking Light magazine that used blueberries, bananas, and strawberries atop a bed of field greens with grilled chicken along for the ride. Fascinated, and thinking it must be a splendid combination, seeing as how it was published in a magazine and all, I tried the recipe on for size at the baby shower thrown for a pal.

Perhaps the idea for the salad worked in the laboratory or professional’s home kitchen, but it was downright horrid when I tossed it together for my party. The bananas turned mushy. They simple don’t belong outside their skin for more than a minute or so. The dressing was too thick. It was all a chunky mess and I wasn’t about to ever attempt that salad again.

That salad is not this salad. But this salad was inspired by that salad from ever so many years ago. It’s a rather strange combination…cherries and corn. But, good gravy, it is a fine, fine combination and you won’t be the least bit sad for having tried it. Toss it all together with a light Sweet Cucumber Vinaigrette, and you’re sure to love this salad as much as I did, when I sneaked it’s remains straight from the bowl and into my mouth, even though we were serving it to a room full of friends last Sunday afternoon.

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Fresh Corn & Cherry Salad with Sweet Cucumber Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

FOR THE SALAD:
6-8 cups Baby Arugula & Spinach
20-30 cherries, pitted and sliced in half
2 stalks celery, diced
2 ears fresh corn, with kernels sliced off
1/2 vidalia onion, sliced
Optional: 1 grilled chicken breast, diced

FOR THE CUCUMBER VINAIGRETTE:
1/2 cucumber
2 tablespoons diced vidalia onion
juice of 1 lime & 1 lemon
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or sugar)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup light olive oil
salt to taste
ground white pepper to taste

Directions:

FOR THE SALAD:
Toss all ingredients together.

FOR THE CUCUMBER VINAIGRETTE:
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until pureed. If using an industrial-strength blender (like a VitaMix), just pop the entire cucumber--skin and all--right inside. It's easier that way, and lends a beautiful pale-green tinge to the vinaigrette. If using a standard blender, peel the skin from the cucumber before adding it to the blender.

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10 Responses to “Fresh Corn & Cherry Salad with Sweet Cucumber Vinaigrette”

  1. 1

    stefania on May 25, 2011 at 3:03 am Reply

    Una fresca e bella insalata ✿

  2. 2

    Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery on May 25, 2011 at 5:47 am Reply

    Mmm. I love fruit in salad! Blueberries, strawberries, oranges, peaches, apples, raspberries… Sometimes all I’ve got is a fruit salad with a few stray greens after all’s said and done.

  3. 3

    Chaya on May 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm Reply

    Love this salad. As a corn lover, this delicate salad with corn is sure to be a winner.

  4. 4

    Katrina on May 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm Reply

    So tasty looking! Yum!

  5. 5

    Alysa (InspiredRD) on May 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Sounds like the perfect summertime salad. Can’t wait to make it!

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