Monday, September 10, 2012

Tomato Stack Salad with Corn and Avocado

When I received the August edition of Cooking Light magazine, this was one of the first recipes to jump out to me. I could eat a tomato as a meal. Slice it up, sprinkle it with salt and pepper and pass me a fork! I never thought to add corn or bacon to a tomato and really make it a meal, but since Cooking Light did, I couldn't wait too long to try it.

Of course, since this is 98% vegetables and 2% bacon, it was what I consider a 'weekend lunch meal'. Otherwise known as a meal that I can make for myself with no intentions to share with Tom since he'd just turn his nose up at it anyway.



Tomato Stack Salad with Corn and Avocado
Source: Cooking Light, August 2012
Servings: 1
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Ingredients:
    • 1 slice bacon, cooked and crumbled (Oscar Mayer)
    • 1/4 cup corn kernels, cooked
    • 1/2 avocado, peeled and sliced
    • 1 large beefsteak tomato, sliced 1/2" thick
    • 1 tsp. mayonnaise (Kraft)
    • 1/2 tsp. fresh basil, chopped
    • 1/2 tsp. fresh chives, chopped
    • splash of milk
    • splash of apple cider
    • salt and pepper 

Directions:
1. Remove the center and seeds of the tomato leaving the skin and outer ring intact.
2. Whisk together the mayonnaise, milk and apple cider. Stir in the basil and chives. 
3. Create a tower with the tomato slices and fill the inside with corn and avocado slices.  
4. Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the top of the tomato. Top with bacon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I didn't feel like dragging out the Griddler just for a small amount of corn, so I just steamed the corn instead of grilling it for this recipe. I'm sure grilling it would enhance the flavors quite a bit, but I was really pleased with the way this turned out. I just added the extra corn and avocado slices that didn't fit into the tomato tower to my plate. I wasn't expecting this to be as filling as it was, but I could easily eat this for a meal on a regular basis. If only I could convince the carnivore to as well...

I linked up this recipe at This Week's Cravings, Mangia MondaysMy Meatless Monday and  Melt in Your Mouth Monday!  Check it out!



7 comments:

  1. This looks incredible, love the picture. I guess I need to finish my Cooking Light because I never got to this recipe. I'll have to make it ASAP though.

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  2. I've had my eye on this since getting the magazine but can't imagine serving it for dinner. But it looks so, so good.

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  3. It wasn't quite filling enough for dinner, but it was an amazing lunch. But even this with a grilled chicken breast or something...amazing.

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  4. I share your love for tomatoes. I've been known to eat them straight from the garden (no salt added). This meal looks amazing!

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  5. I love this. I have a feeling, I could make this for lunch daily and be happy.

    This is being featured at My Meatless Mondays. I am so glad you shared it with us.

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  6. Looks fabulous! What a great pic and I love your blog layout! Found you via your feature on Meatless Mondays. I'm having an MM hop too if you'd like to link-up there: http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/09/meatless-monday-grilled-carrots-and.html. Now following !!

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