Roasted Corn Salad with Basil and Tomatoes


The July issue of St. Louis At Home magazine features some of my summer-inspired recipes in a cover story about celebrating the Fourth of July at an old family farm in nearby Illinois. It was shot by the talented  St. Louis photographer Steve Adams and the expert styling was by Julia Usher, a St. Louis food writer and pastry chef. I loved how it turned out – it was actually produced a few months ago, but Julie did such a great job with the props that it really felt like an old fashioned Midwestern Independence Day party.


This is a perfect potluck dish for summer entertaining – the recipe is  simple to make and it’s a crowd pleaser – who doesn’t love fresh sweet corn?


Me and my corn - photo by Steve Adams Studio

Roasted Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

1 pound fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 cup prepared basil pesto
2 pints sliced cherry tomatoes
½ cup small fresh basil leaves

Combine corn, oil, salt, black pepper and cayenne on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast in a 425 degree oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes, stirring once or twice.
Stir in pesto and tomatoes; season with salt and pepper if desired.
Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh basil.
Yield: about 10 side dish servings.


  1. That looks great! It makes me want to eat corn — which is just starting to arrive out here. Miss you!

  2. Miss you too! Eat some cherries for me…

  3. Gorgeous! (you AND the corn) And LOW FAT…which is my new obstacle in life!!! ayiyiyi…welcome home??

  4. How fun, and I love that photo of you with the bowl of corn salad!

  5. Congratulations Karen! Looks great!

  6. Congrats on the article! The corn salad looks amazing and I can’t wait for the corn here in New Jersey.

  7. Hey, Karen! I just saw you mentioned on Alanna’s Blog Her post, and thought I’d drop by to say “hi.” Seems congratulations are in order! You deserve to be featured. And that pic of you holding the bowl of corn is so pretty!

  8. My favorite food, corn, in mom’s bowl – Cool!
    I did not notice that the other day.
    And, congrats again on the article
    looked to me as though you got a lot of

  9. Looks great Karen! So do you… as always you are an inspiration!

  10. Corn, basil and tomatoes- could there be anything more summer-full? You look amazing with your corn!

  11. Hi Karen! Thanks…hope summer is treating you right.

    Deborah, nothing like a little corn to brighten up a photo, eh?

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