Roasted Mexican Corn Salad

Summer Corn Salad

When I created this summer salad, I was envisioning the corn on the cob sold by our neighborhood Mexican elote street vendors.  “Elote” simply means “corn on the cob” in Spanish.  The vendors traditionally serve the cobs coal-roasted with a squeeze of lime juice, slathered with (imitation) butter and mayonnaise, rolled in Cotija cheese and sprinkled with Ancho chile powder or cilantro.  Sounds like overkill, but when done properly, they’re utterly addictive.

For my salad version, I originally envisioned closely following the traditional list of ingredients, but since I was making this side dish for a sweltering June afternoon barbecue, I decided sunbaked mayonnaise may not be the best choice for a food-poisoning free day.  My consternation then turned to cilantro.  While I love the bright-green herb (especially on sandwiches and in salads), I realize there are many cilantro-haters out there, claiming it tastes like soap (others even asserting “cilantro allergies,” but color me doubtful.)  Accordingly, I opted for the less-divisive dried Mexico oregano.  The final recipe resembles nothing of Mexican street elote, but, nevertheless, it’s quite tasty and perfect for a summer backyard barbecue.


Roasted Mexican Corn Salad

No mayo, a breeze to make, and no need to refrigerate - the ideal side salad for a summer backyard barbecue.


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon pickled jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups roasted corn
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup Cotija cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, pickled jalapeno, dried oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine corn, red bell pepper, green onions, celery and Cotija cheese. Pour dressing over corn mixture and toss. Let rest for 30 minutes. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
  3. Tip: I roll leftovers of this flavorful salad in flour tortillas for an easy summer mid-week dinner.

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Roasted Corn and Chimichurri Salad

Corn Salad

Remember how you suffered through the last week of school before summer vacation? You couldn’t wait for summer to begin, concentrating seemed impossible, time in the classroom dragged on forever, and you were incensed if teachers asked you to do any actual work. You just had to get through those…last…few…day.

Déjà vu. I’m one week away from being officially laid off and the hour can’t arrive soon enough. I’m anxious for the moment when my time is once mine to spend as I desire. Sign my yearbook already and let’s get on with it.

In honor of the season (although it doesn’t officially begin until Monday), today’s recipe highlights a summer produce classic – freshly-picked sweet summer corn.


Summer Roasted Corn and Chimichurri Salad

Sweet summer corn pairs well with Argentina’s zesty chimichurri sauce used as a dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, tough stems removed
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ears corn, roasted
  • ½ cup yellow or red cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced

Directions

  1. In a food processor, finely chop garlic. Add parsley, cilantro, vinegar, oil, cayenne, and salt. Pulse until finely chopped. Set chimichurri aside.
  2. Cut corn from cobs. In a medium bowl, combine corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion. Drizzle with ¼ cup chimichurri and combine (you will have leftover chimichurri).
  3. Side aside for 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve with 7-minute eggs, if desired.