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Deconstructed Street Corn Salad

August 8, 2013

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What memories are stirred when you sink your teeth into that first bite of summer’s corn on the cobb? I go back to my childhood where Mom would send one of us across the street to the farm stand with pocket change to pick up our daily sweet side to dinner…a food staple during the summer months. As much as I love eating from the cobb…for entertaining, this recipe works well as a side and is easier to serve for a crowd. The dish is a spin-off of ELOTE, a popular Mexican street food. (Grilled corn on the cob served with a variety of condiments, including mayonnaise, cotija cheese, lime and chili powder.) Crunchy, sweet, savory and spicy… soooo easy to prepare and goes great with just about any summer main course. While Randy has the grill filled with this chicken recipe, (minus the basil sauce I can prepare street corn in the kitchen.

Serves 6

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 jalapeno, finely chopped

6 cups corn kernels, shaved from about 12 ears

Salt

1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup Parmesan, freshly grated

Lime

Heat oil in a large skillet set over low heat. Add jalapeno and saute for 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium, add corn and salt and cook for approximately 5 minutes. In a large bowl, toss corn, mint and vinegar. Add Parmesan and toss again. Serve cold or at room temperature. I like a squeeze of lime to finish.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2013 9:14 pm

    We must visit the same farm stand – that sign looks quite familiar 🙂 M refuses to eat the corn ON the cob, so, this recipe would work great in our home!

  2. Holly Long permalink
    August 10, 2013 10:49 am

    I forgot about that farm across the street from your house. What a fun memory! (Wow talk about $$ real estate. Is it still there?)

  3. Gretchen Kozlowski permalink
    August 25, 2013 3:19 pm

    I made this one night for dinner, in a smaller quantity for Tom and I, but once the kids got their hands on it I hardly had any for myself. This will be a regular at out house, especially while we have kids with braces.

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