Corn and Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar is the perfect refreshing side dish to your next meal!
I’m so excited to bring you one of my favorite quick lunches! This really simple Corn and Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese and Balsamic is a staple for me and I can’t believe I haven’t shared it before.
Corn and Tomato Salad
Corn and Tomato Salad Ingredients
2 cups small diced tomato
2 cups sweet corn (fresh is best, but canned or frozen/thawed will work fine as well)
1/4 – 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/8 cup finely chopped green onion
balsamic reduction, to taste
We started our Iowa Corn Quest in Des Moines, Iowa at the gorgeous and incredibly accommodating Des Lux Hotel in downtown Des Moines. If you follow me on Snapchat, Instagram Stories, or Facebook you saw how incredible the rooms were. I even had a fire place in mine!
I got in earlier than most of the attendees, so I was able to grab a leisurely shower and veg out on the giant bed in the hotel robe for a whole hour! For a mom of five, that is the definition of luxury!
For dinner the first evening, we were the first dinner and drink guests at the Iowa Distilling Company where we learned all about how corn from Iowa is made into spirits. We also tried what is arguably the best (besssst) cinnamon whiskey ever. Ev.er.
How Do You Make Corn and Tomato Salad
If you’re serving for guests and want to get fancy, add ingredients to a bowl in the order listed above and drizzle the vinegar reduction over top.
If you’re making this for lunch, dump it all in a bowl, stir, and enjoy!
In the morning we visited Meredith Corporation (yes! the Meredith Corporation of Better Homes and Gardens) where we got to see the incredible studios and test kitchens (woah, test kitchen heaven!).
We learned that the Better Homes and Gardens publication actually began as a secondary publication so salesmen would have something to offer the wives when the brought farming magazines out. Now, it’s a cornerstone of the business. Girl power!
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After drooling over all the amazing facilities at Meredith Corporation, we headed out to the Blair Farm in Dayton where we learned that 98% of farms in the United States are small family farms. The Blair Farm produces corn and soybean, and also houses a small number of pigs and cows.
The whole operation is run by three people! And it was so fascinating to learn how they’re using technology to become increasingly more sustainable, to grow better crops, and be gentler on the environment without sacrificing yield. Did you know the tractors and combines have GPS on them!
After a yummy barbecue lunch at the Blair farm we headed to the soybean fields at the Kenney Farm. Much like the first farm. The Kenneys are a husband and wife team who took over from the previous generation.
I was surprised to see soybeans rather than corn, but we learned corn and soybean are rotated and have a sort of symbiotic relationship. Growing soybeans is good for corn farmers! Watching the combine in the field was incredible. I couldn’t believe the volume of crops it could pick up in one sweep.
That evening we got dressed up and did something super awesome (holy moly, were my kids jealous!) – but I’m going to leave that for our next post!
In the meantime, I’ll tell you that this corn and tomato salad recipe is just the very best ever. Occasionally I’ll throw some shredded chicken on top or bacon crumbles and call it a whole meal. Oh, yes. You won’t regret trying this one!
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Creamy Sweet Corn Soup with Roasted Corn and Tomato Relish – The ingredient list is shorter than the title, but what it lacks in numbers, it makes up for in taste! My girlfriend Erin asks me to bring her a bowl every time we make this.
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How to Make Corn and Tomato Salad
Corn and Tomato Salad
- 2 cups small diced tomato
- 2 cups sweet corn fresh is best, but canned or frozen/thawed will work fine as well
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/8 cup finely chopped green onion
- balsamic reduction to taste
- If you're serving for guests and want to get fancy, add ingredients to a bowl in the order listed above and drizzle the vinegar reduction over top.
- If you're making this for lunch, dump it all in a bowl, stir, and enjoy!