Photo: Nigel Cox; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Serves 4

This tomato side salad is the ultimate summer recipe with a stack of colorful tomato slices and avocado topped wtih fresh herbs, corn, crumbled bacon, and a creamy dressing. This is the star of the meal; keep the entrée simple.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat the grill to high heat.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon to pan; cook 8 minutes or until crisp, tossing occasionally to curl. Drain bacon on paper towels.

Step 3

Combine buttermilk and next 5 ingredients (through garlic), stirring with a whisk. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Step 4

Coat corn with cooking spray. Place corn on grill rack; grill 8 minutes or until well marked, turning occasionally. Remove from grill; cool slightly. Cut corn kernels from cobs.

Step 5

Sprinkle tomato slices evenly with salt. Alternate layers of tomato and avocado on each of 4 plates. Scatter corn evenly onto plates. Drizzle each tomato stack with about 1 1/2 tablespoons dressing and 1 teaspoon oil. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper over salads; top each salad with 1 bacon piece.

Ratings & Reviews

sonjalf's Review

September 06, 2014
One of my new favorite recipes. I make it with heirloom tomatoes and it looks beautiful. I have shared this recipe so many times. Better than similar recipes at nice restaurants.

ktleyed's Review

August 31, 2014
Delicious, but didn't come out as pretty as the picture, I just used Jersey Beefsteak tomatoes as I couldn't find globe tomatoes and then I halved some red and yellow cherry tomatoes and placed around it. Yummy dressing! This is very similar to the tomato, grilled chicken and avocado recipe they have on CL, as well, with same buttermilk dressing.

janiceluippold's Review

June 22, 2014
When I first made this salad my family would not allow anyone at the table to begin eating until they took pictures and texted to friends and other family members. It has become my signature dish. We all love it and it is easy to prepare, delicious and very impressive.

donna622's Review

January 25, 2014
Have made several times.

bendercath's Review

October 06, 2013
Excellent summer (or even fall!) dish. This was a great light dinner. Every bite was delish! I microwaved the bacon and corn kernels to make it a bit easier for a quick dinner.

SummerTomato's Review

September 12, 2013
Fabulous on summer tomatoes. The bacon and the avocado are just extras-entirely unnecessary. Have been making this for a couple of years - we can't seem to get enough of it!

KatherineJapzon's Review

August 17, 2013

jangmtz's Review

August 04, 2013
Very good. Followed the review exactly and it is delicious. If you wanted to add a little blue cheese to the dressing it would just another element to an excellent salad.

buddeyallen's Review

July 07, 2013
This is delicious! This salad is a great way to enjoy the fresh flavors of summer.

baxter84's Review

March 06, 2013