Chef Acheson’s Corn, Tomato and Basil Salad

by Hilary Gauntt on May 26, 2017

Hugh Acheson is the award-winning chef and partner in four Georgia restaurants, and a judge on Top Chef. He is a fan of using the seasonal bounty, and makes this salad in summer 4 times a week to use these ingredients at their peak. Plump ripe tomatoes, tender sweet corn, and peppery fresh basil. He devised the dressing to balance these flavors; bold and bracing with a hint of soy sauce and miso for a jolt of umami.

I had two bonus guests, so added another tomato. Your dish will have a higher corn to tomato ratio than the one pictured, and you will love it anyway you throw it together.

2 large ripe heirloom tomatoes, cored and cut into 1 inch dice, or 1 diced heirloom tomato and 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbs. minced flat-leaf parsley

3 Tbs. red wine vinegar

1 Tbs. grainy mustard

1 tbs. reduced sodium soy sauce

1 Tbs. white miso

1 medium shallot, peeled and minced

2 cups fresh yellow and white corn kernels

1/4 cup shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 1 ounce)

2 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

12 small fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces

Place tomatoes in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt; let stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Combine oil and next 6 ingredients (through shallot) in a pint jar. Seal jar; shake 30 seconds or until blended. Add vinaigrette, corn, cheese, chopped parsley, and basil to tomatoes. Toss gently to combine, serve immediately.
Serves 8 as a side dish.
Note: A container of miso will keep for months in your refrigerator and adds great flavor to so many dishes.

tomato corn salad

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Deb June 10, 2017 at 7:40 am

Think I will try this for Father’s Day. Been following your Miso adventures. What is your favorite White Miso at the moment ?


Hilary Gauntt June 12, 2017 at 8:12 am

I am so new to miso, I just bought the only brand carried by my good local Seaside Market, figuring they know what they’re doing!


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