Summer meals don't get much better than freshly grilled corn. I'm not going to lie; I really enjoy eating it right off the stalk with a brush of melted butter. However, adding it to a corn salad really brings out the sweetness and juiciness of the kernels.
When I made it, I started by boiling some fresh corn on the cob until it was cooked through. Then, I cut the kernels off and mixed them with some diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, and chopped cilantro. I squeezed some lime juice on top and added a pinch of salt and pepper.
But, here's the secret to making it even more delicious... I added a spoonful of honey to the lime juice before mixing it in with the salad! It gave the dish a touch of sweetness that balanced out the tanginess of the lime juice and made all the flavors pop.
I also threw in some crumbled feta cheese for a little bit of saltiness and creaminess. It was the perfect addition to the salad and made it even more satisfying.
Making fresh corn salad was a breeze and it turned out to be a hit with my family and friends. It's such a versatile dish that you can customize it with your own favorite ingredients and seasonings. And, let's be real, anything with avocado in it is automatically delicious!
WHAT’S IN THIS CORN SALAD?
The key to this salad is using fresh vegetables, don't ever forget that. So gather everything else on this list as well as the best ears of corn you can locate!
- Corn: For the best taste and texture, look for corn with green husks and golden tassels!
- Tomato: For this salad, either grape or cherry tomatoes are suitable.
- Cucumber: I'm using an English cucumber, but Iranian cucumbers are also acceptable.
- Onion: I adore red onions for their vivid color and distinct flavor.
- Herbs: Use your preferred soft herbs, such as parsley, dill, cilantro, basil, mint, or tarragon, in this recipe.
- Apple Cider Vinegar & Olive Oil: A light and piquant sauce base.
- Feta Cheese: While this ingredient is optional, crumbled feta provides a mouthwateringly creamy bite.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CORN SALAD RECIPE
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the corn and cook for 3-4 minutes, until tender. Remove from the water and let cool.
You can even grill the corn cob. Cut the kernels off of the cob, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Add the cherry tomatoes, red onion, avocado, and cilantro to the bowl and mix well.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Pour over the salad and toss to combine.
Add the crumbled feta cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve chilled and enjoy!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS
To store leftover corn salad, follow these simple steps:
Transfer the salad to an airtight container. Make sure it's a container with a tight-fitting lid to prevent air from getting in and causing the salad to spoil.
Place the container in the refrigerator. The salad should be stored in the refrigerator at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below to keep it fresh.
Consume within 3-4 days. Corn salad is best when consumed within a few days of making it. After 3-4 days, the salad may start to lose its freshness and flavor.
Do not freeze the salad. Corn salad does not freeze well due to the texture of the vegetables and the dressing. It's best to consume it fresh or store it in the refrigerator.
Can I use canned corn instead of fresh corn for the salad?
Yes, you can use canned corn for the salad, but the texture and flavor may be slightly different from using fresh corn. If you use canned corn, be sure to drain and rinse it before adding it to the salad.
Can I add other vegetables to the salad?
Yes, you can add other vegetables to the salad, such as bell peppers, cucumbers, or shredded carrots. Just make sure they complement the flavors of the other ingredients.
Can I make the salad vegan or dairy-free?
Yes, you can make the salad vegan or dairy-free by omitting the feta cheese or using a dairy-free cheese substitute.
With these simple steps and tips, you'll be able to make the best corn salad recipe that everyone will love. It's perfect for a quick and easy side dish or a full meal, and it's sure to impress your guests at any gathering. So, go ahead and give it a try!