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Alexis's Chopped Vegetable Salad

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This recipe, courtesy of Martha's daughter Alexis, takes full advantage of summer's availability of fresh vegetables. The trick is to cut all of the vegetables into similar-size pieces so that each forkful offers a mix of flavors.

  • Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • 2 ears corn
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound wax beans, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded, deveined, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, seeded, deveined, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded, deveined, and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Prepare an ice-water bath. Set aside. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add corn and sugar. Blanch until tender about 6 minutes. Remove from water and plunge immediately into ice bath. When the corn is thoroughly cool, remove from ice bath. Using a large knife, remove kernels from cobs. Transfer to a large bowl. Add beans to boiling water. Blanch until tender about 1 minute. With a slotted spoon, remove from water and plunge immediately into ice bath. When beans are thoroughly cooled, transfer to a colander to drain.

  2. Add wax and green beans, tomatoes, red and yellow pepper, onion, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeno to corn. Stir to combine. Add olive oil, vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Serve immediately.

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