Recipe of the Week: Fresh Basil Corn Salad

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I bought this case of canned corn from Costco recently, so I've been kind of corn happy this week; trying to figure out different ways to make "salad" with it. I came up with something pretty tasty last night. I was a little lax in the measuring department but I will attempt to relay approximate amounts of each ingredient. Not sure what to call it so if you have a better idea I'm open to suggestion.

Fresh Basil Corn Salad
2 medium to large vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
1 large avocado, cubed
1 can corn, rinsed
1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips
1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbs. (or to taste) seasoned rice vinegar
Salt to taste

Instructions:
Mix it all together in a medium bowl and serve. How easy is that?

This salad is great because you are getting some whole grain (corn), some veggies (tomato) and some healthy monounsaturated fats (avocado).

Frozen corn works just as well as long as it's thawed before you serve it. You can use frozen corn too. Even better fresh raw corn cut right off of the cob is unbelievably delicious. I recommend that if you have the time and when corn is in season of course. (That's what so great about canned goods. They're always in season).

I have completely converted to vine ripened tomatoes. They are worth the extra cost, but often I find them on sale. Their taste is just so much better than hothouse tomatoes and some of the other cheaper varieties.

I'll probably have some more canned corn recipes for you in the near future seeing as I am inundated with it. If any of you have good corn recipes to suggest, please pass them along and I will post them for everyone to take enjoy.

Have a fruit and veggie filled day!

(photos courtesy of Plasticrevolver and dunham_1)
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Registered dietitian Andrea N. Giancoli is a nutrition advocate, consultant and educator.

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