Grilled Salmon With Corn And Heirloom Tomato Salad

Grilled Salmon with Grilled Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes Salad | Playful Cooking

Few weeks back, I joined the madness and shared my first instavideo after a long photo shoot. Once done, we sat for lunch and gobbled up what we prepared together (yes, it was one of those weekends). After a while, I checked my instafeed and turns out the video reached close to 700+ likes in like an hour (woot!) and a comment that said I reached the popular page. Wow, that’s something! Of course, I was excited and thrilled but what followed after that was horrible. There were a series of nasty, rude and mean comments. I just don’t understand what fun do people find in saying such awful stuffs! All that ‘yay, in popular page’ turned to ‘bleh, I hate it’. The next few hours, I kept deleting and blocking users. Yeah, I figured it’s pointless to react.


I guess, this is how two sides of a coin work.


Likewise, my still-no-rain hot sunny days have a fulfilling happy side to it. Summer produce and I cannot get enough of those in my diet.


Heirloom Tomatoes | Playful Cooking


A visit to the farmers market and we come back with bag loads of stone fruits, watermelons, berries, zucchini blossoms, mangoes, summer corns and lots of heirloom tomatoes. It can be overwhelming at times with such different varieties of summer produce. These tiny heirloom tomatoes that we bought last time were not only cute as buttons but also sweet as candy. And for someone like me who enjoys photographing food, I find it very hard to not make a blog post out of it! Also, since the next day was Sunday and we planned to stay at home, grilled lunch happened effortlessly.


Grilled Salmon with Grilled Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes Salad | Playful Cooking


Go simple but go flavorful was the idea. Yogurt and spice marinated grilled salmon is always delicious but the star of the meal was the grilled corn salad with roasted tomatoes. And the gorgeous red chili oil vinaigrette added to the flavor magic. We poured some chilled beer, got some crusty bread on the side and relished the meal we prepared together. Aren’t weekends just so lovely!


Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomatoes Salad | Playful Cooking


Chili Oil Lemon Vinaigrette | Playful Cooking


And if you are wondering what was that video which received a lot of love and hate, it was this corn salad and grilled salmon that I tried to put on a slice of bread. Here is the link if you are interested!


Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomatoes Salad | Playful Cooking


Grilled Salmon With Corn And Heirloom Tomato Salad

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Serving Size: 4 as main course

Grilled Salmon With Corn And Heirloom Tomato Salad


    for chili oil lemon vinaigrette
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup chili oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • for the corn salad
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes
  • 2 corns on the cob
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • for the grilled salmon
  • 4 slices of salmon fillet
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt


    for chili oil lemon vinaigrette
  • In a glass jar, pour all the ingredients and whisk until they're all mixed into a smooth vinaigrette.
  • for the corn salad
  • Rub a little bit of oil on the corn and grill it in medium high heat by turning it occasionally. This should take about 30 minutes. In the mean time, throw the tomatoes in a baking pan, drizzle with some oil and roast for about 35 minutes.
  • Once corn is grilled, remove the kernel by allowing it to stand on a wide bowl and using a sharp knife, slice downwards.
  • In the same bowl, add shallots, roasted tomatoes, fresh mint and vinaigrette. Give it a toss and it’s done.
  • for the grilled salmon
  • Marinate the salmon with yogurt, cumin powder, chili powder and salt. Let it rest for an hour.
  • Once ready, grill it at medium heat for about 6 minutes on each side. Make sure after you place the salmon fillet on the grill, you do not move it or else, it will tear apart. Once it’s cooked through, it will easily come off and you will get a perfect grill mark too.


Grill fish at the end as it would take the least amount of time and it will stay warm by the time everything is ready.


Grilled Salmon with Grilled Corn, Heirloom Tomatoes Salad | Playful Cooking

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Reem says:

Beautiful! !
I remember this video. . It made me really hungry. . :)
Gorgeous Pics as always… b/w I have the same turquoise bowls… you just made them look so pretty in pics. ..

You are such an inspiration and I love your photos! Just ignore all those nasty things! I love that chili oil and lemon vinaigrette and I will make it one of these days…

I am not even kidding when I say, MY husband would love love and finish that plate now if he can. Stunning pics as usual.
About the nasty stuff…I know how hard it is to deal with stuff like that. I just don’t get it,why hate:(, but I’m glad you moved on. Life is beautiful with a lot of beautiful people.

Rosa says:

Scrumptiously summery! Heirloom tomatoes are so pretty and taste amazing.

Gorgeous clciks, as usual.

Forget about those mean people. They are just jealous. Unfortunately, the world is populated with as many good individuals as bad ones…



Lovely, lovely pics as always.

And look at the bad comments in a positive way. They say that people throw stones only at trees that bear good fruit!

Sarah says:

People will always be nasty! They can’t seem to help themselves. But you do awesome work, do don’t let the haters get you down. :)

How lovely…. I can feel the sunshine streaming through this post!

As a post script, I am truly sorry to hear about the negative and nasty comments. Keep up the great work!

So summery and beautiful! These photos are dreamy and fantastic.
Sorry about those nasty comments…just ignore them.

Vishakha says:

Me and V are huge Salmon fans! Both the salmon and the salad look and sound absolutely delicious! Beautiful pictures ..the blue bowls and plates just add such a fresh / beach / sea feel to the images. Lovely!

Nandita says:

Marvellous picture. Just loved that blue plate. Looks so dainty :)

These photos are breathtaking!!

Deepa says:

Stunning pics and those tomatoes are too cute for words!

Two sides of a coin indeed..Glad that you took it in your stride. Colourful and beautifully styled photos. Gorgeous!

sowmya says:

Stunning pics and those tomatoes are so cute.. I remember watching the video u uploaded.. It really made me hungry..

Asha says:

Ugh! That is so annoying. Negativity can be such a downer… Glad you aren’t paying too much credit to it! :)

I just made this for lunch today, it was delicious Kankana! Don’t bother about the haters, sigh blogging sure does expose us to the good and bad sides of technology.

Don’t listen to the evil comments. If it’s not constructive, then the criticism only makes the commenter look bad. Love your shots – the gentle smokiness is a real treat to look at. And those tomatoes – makes me jealous. I’m in Dubai, and we don’t get any fresh local toms at this time of year, it’s just WAY too hot. Keep up the good work

Eileen says:

corn and tomatoes are two of the vegetables that make the heat of summer worthwhile. :) This looks delicious–and I love the pairing with grilled salmon!

nipponnin says:

I love the ‘mood’ in these photo. I don’t know how to describe but…nostalgic, warmth…like that. Wonderful job! Lovely recipe, I’m going to make this weekend!

Beautifully presented, I love your salad and the chili vinaigrette!

Lovely dish! And I’m jealous that you found zucchini blossoms at your farmers market, I can rarely find those but love them so!

Kankana Saxena says:

Yeah we do get it occasionally but it’s so expensive! some 7 to 8 flowers would be 3 bucks :)

Archana says:

We’ve started grilling outdoors only recently since we moved to a house and I grilled my first corn cob last week. I was thinking of making a salad with grilled corn but never thought of tomatoes! your recipe has made me rethink that. That salad looks amazing and so does the chilli oil. You are a magician with that camera!

I remember your IG video! I am sorry to hear you had unpleasant experience with rude and mean people! Why people waste time on doing negative thing… Enjoy positive and happy things that come your way. :) This is a lovely dish – I enjoyed the video and thought you were going to give me that piece.

dixya says:

All your posts, photographs are wonderful and I am so inspired by it and so are many readers as you can see..Dont even worry about the haters..on a different note-this is a lovely creation. I am digging that salad

exactly the way salmon should always be cooked! Its perfection

Your corn Salad made my soul dance !
And the dream-effect that you usually put on your photos leaves me jaw-dropped :)

Love summer recipes. And summer flavors. Remember people always need something to moan about. To bad it was you. Tell them to get a life.

I’m sorry to hear about the ugliness on Instagram. I don’t see why some people feel the right to be rude on social media.

Sharmila says:

Finally landed here! You have a beautiful blog Kankana! :-)

Tanvi@SinfullySpicy says:

That salad looks so yum doubt tomato-corn combo is so summery and combining it with salmon – totally yum!
You are luck to have company when it comes to seafood, P doesnt eat seafood it and I usually dont cook fish just for myself. Wish he liked it more.

Kalyan says:

Just mouthwatering….looks delicious!

The salad looks yummy Kankana and beautifully shot.
It can be disturbing to read and hear nasty and mean comments but just ignore them coz they are perhaps not even worth giving a thought and giving your precious time. You are certainly one of the best around :-)

jehanne says:

Im obviously a bit slow with technology-cant even suss out how to take good IG pics let alone a video! Your clip looks great, and I am all for minimal fuss grilled salmon- that bowl of corn peppered salad looks delicious!

Kiran says:

You’ve captured the delicious epitome of summer so beautifully!!

Love your first instavideo — Haters are losers. Recite that and you’d feel so much more better 😀

Cynthia says:

OMG I think I just found my new favorite blog!!! Absolutely stunning!

delialah says:

Hei kankana
I love your blog deeply! Yesterday I tried your Cherry Ice Cream, Best thing I’ve ever eaten in my entire life! I will post it on my blog soon :)

I Googled salmon, corn and tomatoes last night to get inspiration from my farmer’s market visit and found this recipe. I added roasted red onion and used basil instead of mint (all that I had) and it was wonderful. Thank you for this lovely summer dish that will remain in my repertory for summers to come.