Abundance {Recipe: Summer Harvest Salad}


Give summer a final hurrah with this Summer Harvest salad, bursting with fresh California Avocados, juicy tomatoes and grilled sweet corn. 
Summer Harvest Salad with Avocados, Tomatoes and Grilled Corn

It’s that time of year where if you are un-like me, you have garden abundance. Tomatoes, sweet corn, basil, and so much more coming out your ears.

I say unlike me because I can not keep a garden, or even a house plant, alive to save my life. In fact, I’m probably pretty lucky that I’ve been able to keep my children thriving considering my history with house plants. If there is such a thing as a black thumb, I’ve got it. 

Summer Harvest Salad Ingredients from www.dineanddish.net

Luckily I have awesome neighbors who have back yards lush with growth…gardens with fruit and vegetables a plenty and they share. Yes! They grow enough stuff that they have more than plenty to share! That amazes me. Every time I’ve grown something I’ve had to pluck the one little fruit of my labor off the plant and hoard it just in case there was no more… usually, there was no more.

Bowl of Summer Harvest Salad with Avocado Tomato and Corn on the Cob

So this time of year, I always think about the end of summer and those last bucket loads of garden abundance that come our way. When Labor Day comes around, I like to give those ingredients a grand hurrah. One last chance to put to bed the fine flavors of summer and to look ahead at the more comforting flavors of fall.

And although we eat California Avocados all year round, avocados just speak summer to me… so adding them to our “grand hurrah” meal just makes sense.

This Summer Harvest Salad is loaded with the abundant produce of summer. From juicy grape tomatoes, bursting with flavor, to fresh, creamy California Avocados and of course, grilled sweet corn, this is summer in a bowl. What better way to say goodbye to one of my favorite times of the year and to welcome a new season of abundance? Enjoy!

Summer Harvest Salad - Tomatoes, Grilled Corn and Avocados
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This Summer Harvest Salad is loaded with abundant produce of summer. Fresh avocados, juicy grape tomatoes and grilled sweet corn provide the most wonderful flavors of the season.
Serves: 4
  • 2 California Avocados, chopped
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 ears of grilled sweet corn, kernels removed and cob thrown away
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Basil, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (not margarine), melted
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  1. Place California Avocados, grape tomatoes, sweet corn kernels and basil in a medium bowl. Gently toss.
  2. Drizzle butter and lime juice over salad, gently toss again.
  3. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  4. For best flavor and freshness, serve immediately.

Disclosure: I am honored to be a paid brand ambassador for California Avocados. All opinions expressed are my own!


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  1. says

    I made a very similar salad a few weeks ago and ate almost the whole thing myself in one day!! Your pictures are just GORGEOUS K!! LOVE everything about this!

  2. says

    Yum! I love that you used the black (purple basil). I grew it for the 1st time this year, actually around my mail box! It looks tropical. I love it. It is such a mild and less bitter taste.

  3. says

    The grilled corn and avocado speak to me from this recipe and the entire recipe makes me want to go make this right now! Like you however I will have to reap the bounty of my daughters garden as all I can grow for some reason is Rhubarb and and wild raspberries! You grow lovely recipes Kristen!

  4. says

    You have to love generous neighbors who are also good gardeners. What a beautiful salad this is, Kristen – perfect for showing off all of the wonderful vegetables of summer.

  5. says

    Just seeing this salad makes me want one myself. I love avocados and always have at least one in my kitchen because life just isn’t the same without them :D. I’ll have to try the basil in the mix. I usually use cilantro. Sounds so delish!

  6. says

    I am loving this beautiful dish. Your photography is beyond gorgeous… and the ingredients are my FAVS!! My family will be thanking you for bringing some variety to their lives… I tend to make the same stuff over and over. :)


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