Katie’s Non-GMO Summer Recipes: Corn & Tomato Summer Salad

Submitted by GMO Inside on July 1, 2013


One of the first things that comes to mind when I think summer is fresh corn! Corn, however, is one of the worst offenders when it comes to GMOs. In fact, a whopping 88% of the US corn crop is estimated to be genetically modified, so make sure the corn you buy at the store or your local farmers market is certified organic or Non-GMO Verified.

Non-GMO, organic corn is not only better for you, but, honestly, it tastes better too. I love the sweet pop of each kernel; I love it grilled, boiled, or raw in salads, and it's actually a good source of antioxidants, iron, and fiber. One of my favorite summertime dishes is my Corn and Tomato Summer Salad. It's easy to throw together for a picnic or a barbecue, and it's delicious. The flavors of the fresh tomatoes, corn, squash, and basil all come together wonderfully with a simple vinaigrette.


Corn and Tomato Summer Salad

Boil a pot of water for the corn. Once it’s boiling, toss in:

-2 ears of certified organic fresh corn (or certified non-GMO)

Boil the corn for 3-4 minutes, and then immediately remove them, and put them in ice water to shock them - this stops the cooking.

In a large bowl combine:

-The corn kernels (cut off the cob once it’s cooled)
-3 large certified organic tomatoes, cubed
-1 large certified organic yellow squash, cubed
-1 medium certified organic yellow onion, diced
-1 bunch of certified organic fresh basil, finely chopped

In a separate small bowl, whisk together:

-1/3c. – 1/2c. rice wine vinegar
-1 T. certified organic dijon mustard
-2 T. certified organic extra virgin olive oil
-Salt and pepper to taste


Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, and toss to combine. Taste it, and adjust the seasonings accordingly. Keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it – nice and cold on a hot summer day.

Katie Gatlin is the Development Coordinator at Green America, and in her spare time, she loves to frequent the local farmers markets to find inspiration for her food blog lepetitartichaut.com. If you liked this recipe, you'll also like her California Summer Salad.

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