Green Bean Salad with Corn and Basil

Green Bean Salad with Corn and Basil

Kernels from 3 ears Red Dog corn
Kosher salt
1 lb. Red Dog green beans, trimmed and cut in half diagonally
1 bu. Red Dog mini red onions, chopped into very thin slices
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar; more to taste
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the corn kernels and blanch for 1 min. Scoop out the corn with a strainer; set aside. Season the water with a generous amount of salt, let it return to a boil, add the beans, and cook until just tender, about 3 min. Drain the beans and spread them on a baking sheet to cool.

Meanwhile, put the onion in a small bowl filled with ice water (which will crisp it and mellow its flavor). Using a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a chef’s knife, mash the garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt. Put the paste in a small bowl (or keep it in the mortar) and whisk in the vinegar. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then whisk in the olive oil.

Garlic cloves mashed to a paste add a tasty kick. You can use a large granite mortar and pestle to pound the cloves to a paste, or you can use the flat part of a chef’s knife to mash the garlic. A pinch of kosher salt helps the process along.

Just before serving, drain the onions. Put the beans, corn, onions, cherry tomatoes, and basil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss with the vinaigrette. Taste again and add more salt, pepper, or vinegar if needed. Serve right away.