Wednesday, August 5, 2009


It amazes me what the chefs on "Chopped" can concoct with the crazy ingredients in their baskets (bacon and chocolate, e.g.) But, on a lesser scale, it's what we home cooks do all the time. I don't know about you, but I am rooting for Melissa to be the next Food Network Star. Wouldn't that be the greatest validation of home cooks ever?

This home cook concocted corn salad out of the ingredients at hand, mainly summer's fresh bounty from our own garden, local farm stands and a friend's garden. It all came together in this wonderful summery cool salad. Even my picky hubby loved this, served with grilled pork tenderloin.

Chile-Lime Corn Salad
Source: Judy's Kitchen
Rating: 9 out of 10

INGREDIENTS: 2 ears fresh corn, cooked, kernels and milk scraped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced or grated
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 Tbsp. minced chile pepper (jalapeno or serrano)
1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in medium bowl; taste to adjust seasonings, adding more salt, pepper and/or chile pepper as needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate to blend flavors. Yield: 3-4 small servings or 2 big servings.

You can also add cumin or ground chipotle chile pepper, and even a bit of honey if you like. Double or triple the quantities if you want to serve more people.


Martha said...

I love summer vegetable salads and make them frequently. A great way to eat summer's bounty!

I do make corn salads but love the addition of the pepper and lime. I may have to try this next time.

Denise said...

So perfect as a side for summer grilling.

Barbara Bakes said...

What a fresh and tasty side dish for summer!

Valerina said...

This sounds very light and refreshing! Lime is so good in just about anything.
I am pulling for Melissa too. :)

Chow and Chatter said...

what a lovely salad love it

Sophie said...

What a lovely & fresh summer salad!!

I so like to eat it now with a piece of grilled fish along the side,...& a glass of white dry wine at the terrace!
Would you like to join me?

Lynda said...

This is a fresh and easy looking salad, Judy, just what my husband and I love!This is bookmarked!

Reeni♥ said...

This is the perfect summer salad, Judy! And yay! Melissa won - I'm so happy!

Kerstin said...

What a lovely and flavorful corn salad, it looks so good! I was so happy Melissa won too!

Donna-FFW said...

I said MMM out loud when I saw this. Perfect for summer!! Love the colors,so pretty.

Karine said...

It looks great, light and refreshing! Perfect for a hot summer day!

Debbie said...

Looks like a delicious summer salad Judy. Just perfect for this warm weather we've been having lately.

matthew.corway said...

this is a great recipe. a very fresh summer salad.