Friday, July 11, 2008

Grilled Corn Salad

Ohio-grown sweet corn was at the Coit Road Farmers Market this week, and you know I had to grab up some. In fact, just like with all the locally grown summer vegetables, this is one that I put up in the freezer for winter. I usually buy 12 ears at a time and put up 6, so by the time Fall comes around I am able to cook slow food holiday dinners for my family, as well as having some for soups and stews. Also picked up some Ohio-grown cilantro at my local family-owned grocer, Zagara's Marketplace, they are great about carrying local produce. I wanted to make a healthy salad. Salads are the perfect summer meal for me, because they mean little or no cooking. The following recipe was adapted from a magazine article I clipped, I put my own twist to it.

Grilled Corn Salad


6 ears sweet corn
1 bunch of cilantro
1 red onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 carrots, peeled and grated
Garlic powder, to taste
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 head leaf lettuce

Grill seasoning for corn:

1/2 stick butter
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. Guajillo Chile powder

Shuck sweet corn. Combine butter, lime juice and Guajillo chile powder. Brush generously on corn, grill until done. (10-15 minutes) Set aside to cool.

Cut the corn off the cob, scraping with blunt side of knife to collect the remaining hominy. Chop cilantro roughly and bruise with the side of knife to realease juices. Add to bowl with corn.
Combine the remaining veggies and add to corn mixture. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

In a small bowl combine cider vinegar, lime juice, olive oil and garlic powder. Add to corn mixture and toss gently.

Serve with a pile of lettuce leaves to eat wrap-style.

Cilantro, the leaf of the young coriander plant, is an herb in the parsley family similar to anise. Cilantro's taste is a fragrant mix of parsley and citrus.

Holler of Tinned Tomatoes is hosting a food event this month, No Croutons Required, a soup or salad with your favorite herb. This is my entry for the event.


PGL said...

That looks like the perfect summer meal to me. Cool & refreshing. I love a tasty salad.

OhioMom said...

Thanks sweetie, I am trying to eat healthier and with all the summer veggies and fruits it should be easy.

Lucy said...

WOW!!, that is overly tempting & totally delicious!

OhioMom said...

Yes it is ... and healthy!

bee said...

we usually add fresh corn to our salads. this one grilled with guadjillo chilli powder sounds fantastic.

OhioMom said...

Hi Bee

The original recipe called for just grilling the corn plain, I thought it needed a little punch :)

shambo said...

Boy, that looks good. I picked up some locally grown corn today while I was out. I don't have cilantro and it's still too iffy outside for me to grill. But I'm thinking I could just fix the corn by itself with the rub, maybe just pan saute it. I like the idea of the extra spices on the corn too. Thanks again for a neat idea.

OhioMom said...


Seasoning the corn definitely made a difference IMO, I don't know why you couldn't grill it on the stove, I did :) I used a grill pan.

EAT! said...

I love corn in the summer time. I am always looking for new recipes and this looks fantastic!!

OhioMom said...

Thank you, and thanks for stopping by ...

Kevin said...

I am looking forward to the corn and this looks like a great way to use it when it comes!

OhioMom said...

Hi Kevin

I love corn ... and will definitely make this salad again and again.

Michelle said...

I can't believe your corn is already in. Here in IL we still have at least a few weeks for local corn.

OhioMom said...


This corn is from southern Ohio