Zucchini, Tomato, and Corn Salad Recipe

  • 1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (cut from 2 ears)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • Special equipment: an adjustable-blade slicer with julienne cutter or a julienne peeler
  1. Working with 1 zucchini at a time, cut lengthwise into very thin (julienne) strips with slicer, turning zucchini and avoiding core. Discard core.
  2. Toss zucchini strips with 1 teaspoon salt and let drain in a colander set over a bowl, covered and chilled, 1 hour.
  3. Gently squeeze handfuls of zucchini to remove excess water and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Cook corn in a small saucepan of boiling water until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain, then rinse under cold water and pat dry.
  5. Whisk together lemon juice, sugar, pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking. Add zucchini, corn, tomatoes, and basil and toss well.