Salads

Boston lettuce with corn, fresh tomato vinaigrette and grilled zucchini skewers

Boston lettuce with corn, fresh tomato vinaigrette and grilled zucchini skewersThis salad is the essence of summer: crisp greens tossed with a zingy, fresh tomato vinaigrette, garnished with sweet corn and served with grilled zucchini skewers.

It’s the kind of summer salad – fresh, simple, light, and hugely flavorful – that you can eat every day, and yet always want more of. It satisfies the taste buds while satiating the appetite.

Bon appétit!

Food & wine pairing: Bandol, dry rosé with grilled zucchini salad

Rose wine iconI recommend a dry rosé with this bold salad. Try a rosé from Bandol, the tiny region at the most southern tip of Provence. The wines are made with a blend of grapes, with Mourvèdre at its core. Mourvèdre produces small, sweet, dark, thick-skinned berries that deliver plenty of flavor and complexity. As a result, the crisp, mineral wines of Bandol are some of the most luscious rosés produced in France.

Fresh tomato vinaigrette

Boston lettuce with corn, fresh tomato vinaigrette and grilled zucchini skewers

serves 4
active time: 30 min

  1. 2 ears fresh corn
  2. 2 baby zucchinis (8″ long)
  3. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  4. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  5. 1 large Boston lettuce (1 lb) (455 g) – thoroughly rinsed, spin-dried, leaves torn in 2″ pieces
  6. 1 recipe fresh tomato vinaigrette
  1. 12 – 5″ long bamboo skewers

  1. Step 1: Grill the corn as per this recipe, or shuck the ears and boil the cobs in a large pot of salted water for 2 minutes. When the corn is cool enough to handle, slice the kernels off the cob with a serrated knife. Set aside.
  2. Step 2: Trim both ends of the zucchinis, quarter each zucchini lengthwise and cut in 1/2″ pieces. Place the pieces in a large bowl. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the salt. Toss well with your hands until the pieces are well coated with the oil. Thread 4 pieces on a bamboo skewer. Repeat until all the pieces have been used. You should have 12 skewers.
  3. Step 3: Pre-heat gas or electric grill or griddle to high heat. Grill the zucchini until charred. Remove from grill or griddle and place on a tray to cool slightly.
  4. Step 4: Place the salad pieces in a large bowl. Toss with two-thirds of the vinaigrette. Spoon the salad in bowls. Sprinkle with the corn kernels. Top each salad with 3 grilled zucchini skewers. Serve with the balance of the vinaigrette on the side to drizzle on top of the grilled zucchini.

Boston lettuce with fresh tomato vinaigrette and grilled zucchini skewers

salad, corn, zucchini, tomato vinaigrette

Viviane’s tips
  1. Shaving kernels off a corncob can be tricky. The kernels tend to fly all over the place. So I hold the cob in a large bowl and slice the kernels off with a serrated knife. The kernels will end up in the bowl rather than on your kitchen counter… or on your kitchen floor!

    Shaving kernels off the corncob

  2. Tear the lettuce leaves with your fingers rather than cutting them with a knife. It’ll prevent the edges from getting brown. For a more refined salad, discard the tough center ribs.

    Torn Boston lettuce

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24 Comments

  • Reply sonia August 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Hi there, Its always fun to see ur delish recipes. And this one is just looking amazing. I am so tempted to make it on my isle some day pretty soon. Enjoy your weekend. It is looking so good with all the lovely pictures and write up as well. I have been here after a while but enjoyed scrolling through your rest of the wonderful recipes. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks for sharing awesome recipes.
    Best Regards, Sonia !!!

    • Reply Viviane August 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you so much Sonia! I wish you a wonderful… and delicious weekend too!

  • Reply Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 26, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Delicious recipe, Viviane. I am especially intrigued with the fresh tomato vinaigrette!

    • Reply Viviane August 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Kiran, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. The tomato vinaigrette is intriguing for sure… and, I promise, most delicious.

  • Reply Parsley Sage August 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

    This is simply gorgeous :) And I’m so glad you mentioned this mizuna salad. One of the local farms is selling fresh mizuna and I had zero idea what to do with it!

    • Reply Viviane September 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Enjoy the mizuna Parsley Sage! I just planted some more in my garden for a fall harvest…

  • Reply lisaiscooking September 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    The zucchini skewers are so pretty on top! I have some fresh corn to use this weekend, and I’ve been trying to decide on a salad for it. This sounds great!

    • Reply Viviane September 4, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Thank you Lisa… Hope your weekend was a delicious one!

  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes September 2, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Grilled zucchini skewers are so lovely paired with this summery salad. Totally right up my alley.

    • Reply Viviane September 4, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Thank you Angie!

  • Reply Donna Ford September 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Hello! Looks really healthy and tasty too! I’ve got fresh corn so we’ll enjoy it in your recipe. Thank you, Viviane!

    • Reply Viviane September 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      You are most welcome Donna! Thank you for stopping by… And Bon Appétit!

  • Reply cakewhiz September 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    poking stuff onto skewers is so cool and always makes a dish more interesting and attractive. i am sure even people who don’t eat salads would dig into this one ;)

  • Reply foodwanderings September 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I love this light and fresh salad. I don’t buy Boston lettuce often enough. I really wish I had it today for lunch as we just got in from out of town with nothing in the house.

  • Reply Kathy September 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    This is a gorgeous salad! Love the grilled zucchini…very creative!

  • Reply Sandra's Easy Cooking September 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I love your beautiful, healthy and colorful recipes, Viviane! This salad with zucchini skewers is just perfectly made. Thank you for sharing and have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply El September 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    This looks so simple and fresh. I think I’ll make some tonight!

    • Reply Viviane September 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much El! Enjoy…

  • Reply Suzi September 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Viviane, I just saw these on the Top 9. Looks fantastic and I love the grilled zucchini skewers, very clever. Lovely healthy salad.

    • Reply Viviane September 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Thank you so much Suzi… You are so sweet!

  • Reply Deb June 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    The salad and grilled zucchini are bursting with summer flavor! Paired with the Tomato Vinaigrette is a perfect vegetarian meal!

    • Reply Viviane June 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Deb! Thank you so much…

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