Summer Tomato-Corn Salsa Cruda (Raw Sauce) for Pasta

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is from The One-Dish Vegetarian by Maria Robbins. The author notes, "This uncooked sauce can only be made in the height of summer when vine-ripened tomatoes and sweet corn, picked only hours before, are available. " I say it's absolutely delicious. I wish I could eat it year-round.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Crush garlic in garlic press or mortar and mash with salt to create a paste. Add the olive oil and mix well.
  2. Chop tomatoes in 1/2-inch cubes. Add them with juices to garlic mixture in large bowl.
  3. Use a small, sharp knife to cut the corn kernels from the cob. Add to the bowl.
  4. Finely chop basil and parsley. Add to bowl, along with lots of pepper. Add chopped jalapenos, if desired. Mix well, cover, and let stand at room temperature while cooking pasta. For the most flavor, let the sauce stand longer (1-3 hours), but do not refrigerate.
  5. Cook 1 pound of your favorite pasta, drain, and toss with sauce. Serve with freshly grated parmesan or your favorite cheese or cheese substitute, if desired (I don't think it needs any).


Most Helpful

This is a really great recipe, and we very much enjoyed it. However, we both felt as if it was missing just a little something. Possibly more spice, or I'll try just a little lemon juice next time. It was super easy and perfect dish for 100? weather this summer! Thanks for sharing, Prose!

**Tinkerbell** July 21, 2012

So sorry...I've been making this for a year and never rated it. It's absolutely delicious, I don't change a thing, except using red pepper flakes if I don't have fresh peppers on hand. This is one of my favorite summer meals!

christinaleans August 02, 2011

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