Corn Salad With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Corn Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Corn Is A  Summer Superstar Food.

I know not everyone agrees. Paleo people and most low-carb people say no to it. It makes more sense to me to respect a food that has been so important to human survival. And corn is something my grandma would recognize as food – meaning, it can’t be that bad for you. This corn salad is summer in a bowl.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Fresh, Local, Organic Corn.

An ear of corn, straight from the earth? That’s just a little jewel of goodness. Add some sun-dried tomatoes and basil … straight-up summer!

I kept this recipe vegetarian but I’m sure crumbled crispy bacon or fried pancetta would be a fantastic addition. (My grandma knows bacon and Italian Grandmas know pancetta, so there you go: healthy!)

Corn salad with sun dried tomatoes and basil
Corn salad with sun-dried tomatoes and basil

This recipe is easy to put together, adapts to what you had on hand and keeps well for several days in the frig. It makes a great side dish for a summer BBQ, and if you’re looking for a satisfying main dish, it can do that too. In fact, it’s going to do just that for me at lunch tomorrow!

Corn Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Corn Salad With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Ingredients

  • 4 ears fresh corn or one bag of frozen corn lightly cooked
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil drained
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil
  • 1 c shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 2 T of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 grinds of a pepper mill

Instructions

  1. Cook the corn till just barely done. Parboil it or wrap each ear in wax paper and microwave 2 minutes/ear. (4 ears = 8 minutes.)

  2. When the corn is cool enough to touch, cut it off the cob and put the cut corn in a bowl.

  3. Put everything except the corn and parmesan cheese into a food processor and blast until it forms a paste. If you don't have a food processor, just mince everything.

  4. Add the spicy paste and the parmesan cheese to the cooked corn.

  5. Chill at least 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil before serving

 

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