Sunday, September 12, 2010

Summer Corn Salad

This summer corn salad is one of my favorite barbecue side dishes. Roasting the corn on the grill gives it a beautiful sweet flavor that pairs well with the crispy peppers, onions and cucumbers. A simple balsamic vinaigrette brings the whole dish together. I love serving this salad alongside grilled chicken or fish, and it's not too shabby eaten by itself out of the bowl the next day!
Serves: approximately 8

6 ears of sweet corn
2 tbsp. butter
1/3 cup diced sweet red pepper
1/3 cup diced cucumber
1/4 cup diced green onion
3/4 cups olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. honey
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt, pepper
2 tbsp. dijon mustard

Soften butter and spread along each ear of corn. Wrap corn in foil and grill, turning periodically, for approximately 40 minutes over medium heat. Allow corn to cool completely, then use a knife to cut off the kernels (hold the ear upright, then remove the kernels top to bottom). Mix with the vegetables. In a mini-Cuisinart or using an immersion blender, blend honey, mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic and oil. Toss most of the dressing with the corn mixture and allow to stand for about 30 minutes. Taste to see if you need to add the remaining dressing before serving (you can also reserve some dressing to serve this salad the next day).


Nina said...

Oh my gosh that corn salad looks delicious!!! I've got to try it.

The Happiest Belly on the Block! said...

Thanks, Nina! Let me know how you like it :) I am such a sucker for sweet corn in the summer and early fall. Love it!