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Perfect Summer Salad

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 3 ears of corn cooked, shucked and cut off the cob
  • 2 avocados peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped (1/2 small bunch)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lime juice from 1 to 2 limes
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed or finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or 3/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • *Dash of cayenne pepper, if desired

In a large salad bowl, combine sliced tomatoes, corn kernels, sliced avocado, chopped red onion, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and press in 2 garlic cloves.

Drizzle the top with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2-3 tablespoons lime juice (adding it to taste). Add 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper or season to taste. Toss the salad gently just until combined and serve.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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