Tomato Stack Salad with Corn, Bacon, and Avocado

I saw this recipe in the August 2012 issue of Cooking Light and couldn’t wait to make it.  What could be better than a salad with tomatoes, corn, bacon, avocado, and creamy ranch dressing?  This salad was simple to make and it was a huge hit with all of us.  I loved the presentation and the flavor combination was outstanding!  This tomato stack was elegant and delicious and I look forward to making it again the next time we have company over for dinner.

Make the Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.  Click here for the recipe.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat.  Coat the corn with cooking spray then place into the grill pan and cook for 8 minutes or until well marked, turning occasionally.  Remove from the grill pan; cool slightly.  Cut the corn kernels from the cobs; set aside.

Slice the tomatoes and sprinkle them with salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Alternate layers of tomatoes and avocado on the serving plates.  Side Note:  I used two slices of the avocado together to make an even layer in between the tomatoes. Scatter the corn and bacon crumbles evenly between each tomato stack.  Drizzle each tomato stack with the ranch dressing and garnish with basil leaves.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Tomato Stack Salad with Corn, Bacon, and Avocado

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 8 min.

Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients:

2 slices of bacon, cooked & crumbled
2 ears of corn
2 red tomatoes, thickly sliced
1 yellow tomato, thickly sliced
1 orange tomato, thickly sliced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Basil for garnish
Creamy buttermilk ranch dressing (see link above for recipe)

Directions:

Make the Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. Click here for the recipe.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Coat the corn with cooking spray then place into the grill pan and cook for 8 minutes or until well marked, turning occasionally. Remove from the grill pan; cool slightly. Cut the corn kernels from the cobs; set aside.

Slice the tomatoes and sprinkle them with salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Alternate layers of tomatoes and avocado on the serving plates. Side Note: I used two slices of the avocado together to make an even layer in between the tomatoes. Scatter the corn and bacon crumbles evenly between each tomato stack. Drizzle each tomato stack with the ranch dressing and garnish with basil leaves. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe by Cooking Light - August 2012

 

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31 Responses to “Tomato Stack Salad with Corn, Bacon, and Avocado”

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    gloria — July 19, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    Pam love this recipe but is absolutely beauty too:)

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    Dana — July 19, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    Looks too pretty to eat!!

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    Katarina — July 19, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    Great colors and beautiful!

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    Julie — July 19, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    That really is beautiful! Looks delish too :)

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — July 19, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    I have that one saved, I’m glad to know it was as good as it looked. Yours looks amazing. I have to make this!

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    Kris — July 19, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    That is beautiful!! I bet it tastes fantastic too!!!
    XO Kris

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — July 19, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    Ok, like yum! Beautiful dish and beautiful colors. I love tomatoes this time of year as they are filled with flavor and are so darn juicy. I also need to give that dressing a try.

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    Diane — July 19, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

    That looks such fun and I bet it tastes fantastic. Diane

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    Kim in MD — July 20, 2012 @ 5:05 am

    I was hoping you were going to make something yummy with that homemade ranch dressing! ;-) What a gorgeous tomato salad! I love every ingredient in this salad, and can’t wait to make it. Have a great weekend, Pam!

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    Agne — July 20, 2012 @ 5:06 am

    Wow, great! I’m going to make this today! Thanks for sharing.

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    Jenn's Food Journey — July 20, 2012 @ 5:22 am

    It’s so elegant looking, Pam! Something you would see in a five star restaurant!! Absolutely stunning :)

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    Framed Cooks — July 20, 2012 @ 5:26 am

    That is one of the most beautiful, dramatic presentations I’ve ever seen! Almost too pretty to eat…almost! :)

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    Loly — July 20, 2012 @ 5:34 am

    Oh God, That looks SO good :D
    Have a wonderful Friday…

    xx
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) — July 20, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    My husband would love this, and it is so pretty! I am all about anything that doesn’t require a lot of cooking these days.

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    Peggy Recker — July 20, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Oh that looks so good!

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    Marjie — July 20, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    Stacked salad! How cute! As soon as my gum grows back together, I’ll be all over this idea!

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    Chris — July 20, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    Dude.
    Dude.
    That is so ******* awesome.
    (PS: Dude used in the non-gender specific way)

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    Minnie(@thelady8home) — July 20, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    Looks so amazing!!!! Lovely. I am sure it tastes equally fantastic.

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    Culinary Cory — July 21, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Beautiful photo. I love the colors.

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    Joanne — July 21, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    I just saw these in that issue! The stacks look great…all the best of summer produce.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 21, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    What a gorgeous dish, Pam!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 22, 2012 @ 5:34 am

    What a gorgeous stack of tomatoes! Beautiful summery colours.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — July 22, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Great colors in this salad. sounds totally yummy!

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    grace — July 23, 2012 @ 3:09 am

    the artist in me (she’s very, very small) really appreciates the colors and presentation of this, but the rest of me is excited about its components–yum!

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    minnie(thelady8home) — July 23, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    What an artistic presentation! LOVE the colors.

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    Doctor Of Osteopathy — July 23, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    Everything about this looks absolutely delicious!!!!

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    melissa@IWasBornToCook — July 23, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    SO many of my favorite flavors here…love this!

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    Hazel from Chicken in a Cherry Sauce — July 31, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Such a beautiful dish!

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    Pris — November 8, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    It looks beautiful, but where is the dressing recipe??

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    Pris — November 8, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    I got it it’s above, sorry, Thank you!!

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