There is nothing better than fresh-off-the-grill corn on the cob in summer, except possibly taking that corn and turning it into a light, flavourful salad which doesn’t require eating with your hands. This is the side dish your cookouts have been missing!
This summer corn salad is loaded to the brim with sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh basil, which gives it that signature summer taste. Plus, it’s got ricotta salata cheese to give it that extra hit of flavour
Ricotta salata is a salty cheese closer in line with feta than fresh ricotta. I like adding it to this salad because it won’t melt or get mushy if you’re serving this outside during a cookout.
To add a little bite, you can throw in lots of sliced scallions and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. You will find yourself sitting outside on a patio eating this by the spoonful all summer long, and unwilling to share with your family!!
Take fresh-off-the-grill corn on the cob and turn it into a light, flavourful summer corn salad, topped with tomatoes, scallions and cheese. This is the side dish your cookouts have been missing!
- 4 ears of corn
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup of ricotta salata, cubed
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
- Preheat a grill over medium-high heat. Place each ear of corn on a large piece of aluminum foil. Put 1/2 tablespoon of butter on top of each, then roll and seal in the foil.
- When grill is hot, add wrapped ears of corn and grill about 5 minutes per side, for a total of 15 minutes. Set aside and cool for 10 minutes.
- When corn is cool enough to touch, slice kernels off and place in a large bowl. Add scallions, tomatoes, ricotta salata, and olive oil, then toss to combine. Add salt and pepper, taste, then adjust seasoning as needed.
- Add freshly torn basil leaves right into the bowl, give one final toss, and then serve warm or at room temperature.
If you don’t have basil, try subbing in mint for an equally refreshing and fun flavour!