Corn Star… Salad

Love, love, love this time of year when the corn is at its peak and the sweet flavor bursts in your mouth when you are eating it. Heaven!

In past years we went to a local farm and purchased bushels of corn to freeze for the winter. An amusing story of one of these visits can be found at: Corn Souffle. This year we’re buying our corn in smaller quantities. 

And while corn is one of the celebrities of this recipe, so is tomatoes! This year’s garden produced such a huge crop of green beans that I had to add them in too. Well, and then there is the gorgonzola, a favorite of mine. You probably are aware that Oregon is known for its large hazelnut production, so had to use them too. Tip: be sure to use fresh hazelnuts. I had a jar in my cupboard that went stale and thank goodness I checked before adding them to the salad – that would have ruined it. The squirrels might disagree, I think there’s nothing worse tasting than stale nuts.

I’ve tried out so many tomato recipes over the past two years while researching and creating content for my new tomato cookbook that I have plenty of recipes leftover to share in the blog. And this is one of them. 

Tomatoes marinating in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with a dash of salt and pepper.

Corn and gorgonzola added. (Substitute feta if you are not a fan of gorgonzola cheese.) 

Blanched green beans joined in along with the hazelnuts. 

A slice of crusty bread and a meal is born!

Corn Star Salad

Yields 4

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  • 2 cups tomatoes, cut into bit-sized pieces (can use a variety of tomatoes. Cherry and heirloom are great for this recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic flavored olive oil (extra virgin olive oil is fine to substitute), plus more to dress/finish the salad
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (plus more to dress/finish the salad)
  • 1 ear of corn
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped and blanched
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Marinate cut-up tomatoes in olive oil, vinegar, and seasoned with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the corn, charring but not burning the kernels. Cut kernels off the cob.
  3. Assemble the salad by adding all the ingredients to the tomatoes in a large bowl and tossing. Finish by drizzling additional olive oil and balsamic over the salad.

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