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Take fresh-off-the-grill corn on the cob and turn it into a light, flavourful summer corn salad, topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and cheese. | aheadofthyme.com

Summer Corn Salad


  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 side salads 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Take fresh-off-the-grill corn on the cob and turn it into a light, flavourful summer corn salad, topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and cheese. This is the side dish your cookouts have been missing!


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Ingredients

  • 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 cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

Instructions

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add freshly torn basil leaves right into the bowl, give one final toss, and then serve warm or at room temperature. 

Notes

ricotta salata cheese - 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.

scallions - to add a little bite, you can throw in lots of sliced scallions.

basil - if you don’t have basil, try subbing in fresh mint for an equally refreshing and fun flavour.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: corn salad, summer salad, corn on the cob, grilled corn salad, corn and ricotta salad