Monday, July 21, 2014

Raw Corn Summer Salad


Yesterday was the annual trails party. It is always celebrated as a potluck. Everyone that attends brings some sort of salad, appetizer or dessert to go along with the grilled hamburger, hotdog and veggie burgers the trail group provides. Now the one thing I have learned is that in this town people really know how to bring a great dish when attending. The food is amazing and the salads rival closely to a Whole Foods Market showcase, you know the one that has every type of grain and fresh veggie salad thought of available.

So comes another year that I rack my brain and go through magazines and the internet looking for something different to bring, I come up with many options. But still not exactly what I was looking for. Oh my goodness, why can't I make up my mind. The morning of the party comes and we go to the farmers market in town. I scour the farmers and vendors and there in the bin was the answer.......first of the year fresh corn. On the spot I decide upon a simple salad I saw on my internet search from Heidi Swanson's "101 Cookbooks", blog, raw corn, a dressing of lemon juice and brown sugar and some herbs. Voi·là! This was the answer.

Ingredients:

6 ears corn (shucked, silken strings removed)
1 small shallot (minced)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 medium sized lemons)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano (minced)


To prepare:

Whisk lemon juice and brown sugar together. Taste, if needed add a little salt, if too tangy add a little more sugar.

Cut kernels off corn with a sharp knife. I used a large shallow bowl, held corn right side up and cut downward.


Right before serving add dressing, stir then add oregano. Taste, if salt is needed add now. Enjoy! It's that easy. This is a wonderful summer salad, love the corn raw here, the lemon juice slightly softens it.

*Fresh oregano is very strong so add a little at a time. Original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon, that was a little too strong for me. Next time I will try this with fresh cilantro and lime juice.


Recipe has been adapted from 101 Cookbooks website, follow link for the original recipe.

Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

63 comments:

  1. Hi Cheri, fresh yummy corn and this recipe is so different. Thanks for sharing your version. I am with you, a little oregano goes a long way. Happy Monday.

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    1. Hi Linda, yes oregano can be so strong. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Is there anything better than corn in the summer? My parents have a big sweet corn field behind their house and my dad is always snagging raw ears of corn and eating them right then and there -- I bet he'd love this dish!

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    1. Hi Kelly, oh your parents are so lucky, love fresh corn!

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  3. Wow, it never occurred to me to eat it raw, Cheri. Love this recipe with it's few ingredients and fresh flavour. You come up with the most unique dishes - thanks for another great idea!

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  4. I love corn anyway I can get it! I'll bet this was a huge hit!

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    1. Hi Abbe, I do to, especially this time of year.

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  5. Looks so yummy, I know it was a winner.

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  6. Wonderful summer sweet corn does not need to be cooked! What a wonderful salad!

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    1. HI Liz, you are so right, it is perfect raw.

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  7. This sounds so fresh, crisp and tasty. I know they all loved it - because I would! What fun you are having this summer.

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    1. Hi Tricia, all these potlucks are not good for the waist-line thats for sure

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  8. The party sounds like an amazing event! :) I love corn in all forms, so this looks so delicious to me! Love how simple the recipe is ;)

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    1. Thanks Von, it is really easy to put together.

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  9. It is winter here but I think this is a great salad for our dinner tonight. I love corn in any shape or form. Thanks for the recipe Cheri :)

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    1. Hi Tandy, oh thats right, it must be pretty cold right about now. Thanks!

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  10. That's one of my go-to favorite blogs too :) And I bet you were pretty popular at that potluck. This looks delicious.

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  11. Sounds like an inspriation came just in the nick of time, Cheri. I love potlucks for just this reason, you just never know what deliciousness someone might come up with. This salad sounds oh so good. Sweet Corn is just beginning to hit the roadside stands in my neck of the woods and I plan on taking full advantage! Thank you so much for sharing, Cheri...I'm sure this Raw Corn Salad satisfied many hugry bellies!

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    1. Hi Louise, love roadside stands, especially this time of year.

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  12. I didn't even know corn can be eaten raw. This looks amazing!

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    1. Hi Angie, this time of year fresh corn is so sweet, it's great raw, plus the lemon juice softens it just a touch.

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  13. This would be perfect when our own Wisconsin corn hits the markets. Fresh corn can be so sweet and delicious.

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    1. HI Susan, I know this is my favorite time of year. Thanks!

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  14. I love corn in any form. This summer salad sounds awesome for a potluck!

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    1. Thanks Leah, no turning on the oven with this one.

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  16. Sounds like a great party/pot luck. When I made corn cakes recently, I was thinking about how I forgot that fresh corn can be eaten raw. This sounds easy and wonderful.

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    1. Hi Monica, bet your corn cakes were delicious!

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  17. Sounds like such a great way to put that fresh summer corn to use! Trying it out soon!!

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  18. I love summertime sweet corn! This salad looks lovely!

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    1. Hi Amy, this is a great corn for summer, thats for sure

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  19. I like eating raw sweet corn–never had a recipe to use it in though–this sounds great!

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  20. I've never heard of raw corn in a dish before! I'm guessing that the acid in the lemon sort of slightly cooks it? Really interesting, Cheri! Glad you managed to think of something great to take to the event. I always find that a bit scary - I worry that my dish won't be good and no one will like it! I bet this went down really well, though!

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    1. Hi Helen, yes the lemon really softens it. And yes whew, I came up with something at the last moment.

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  21. I love the simplicity of this salad! Sounds truly delicious Cheri! Also, how great that everyone gets together-love the way you compared it to a Whole Foods salad display, love those :)

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  22. Wow, what a wonderful idea! Simple and tasty, not to mention fairly easy. My kind of dish! Thanks so much.

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  23. this is so perfect for summer.. i have heaps of sweet corn to be used so i definitely will be taking some inspiration from this post. thanks.

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  25. Hi Cheri , love corn and this is another way to fix it , thanks for stopping by my blog , and thanks for sharing this delicious dish ;- D

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  26. I always love Heidi's recipes - simple and yet SO GOOD. This is definitely a great potluck dish!

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    1. Hi Joanne, she is the master for sure. Thanks!

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  27. I'm a lover of corn salads! I bet this was a big hit with the fresh corn! Simple but stunning. The kind of thing you could just keep on eating.

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  28. What an unusual combo of brown sugar and lemon! I can't wait to try this salad, Cheri! ~ David

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  29. Sounds delicious! I love fresh corn, but I don't think I ever tried it raw.

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  30. What a wonderful, simple recipe. These are the best for summer, I think, where fresh summer produce is at it's peak for flavor. This time of year, I don't cook my corn or zucchini - I like to do just what you did here. Definitely making this one - I love the addition of the brown sugar and lemon. I've not done that and it sounds so, so good!

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  31. This looks like a wonderful way to use summer corn. Yum!

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