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

"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."
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  • Crush garlic in garlic press or mortar and mash with salt to create a paste. Add the olive oil and mix well.
  • Chop tomatoes in 1/2-inch cubes. Add them with juices to garlic mixture in large bowl.
  • Use a small, sharp knife to cut the corn kernels from the cob. Add to the bowl.
  • 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.
  • 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).

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  1. Sandy in California
    This was excellent! Definitely a keeper
  2. Tinkerbell
    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!
  3. christinaleans
    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!
  4. Starrynews
    Wonderful sauce! We really enjoyed the flavors, beautifully sweet from the sweet corn and well complimented by the other ingredients. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Areeane
    This was really easy to do and turned out great. :) Everybody loved it, it's a great and refreshing summer recipe. I didn't change anything. Thanks!



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