Everybody in my Family Likes this Salad

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Everybody in my family likes this salad.

In most houses, this wouldn’t be worthy of a title.  In my house, it’s practically cause for a ticker-tape parade.

Let’s just say that we have diverse tastes, and some of us like fewer things than others.  We all like spaghetti and meatballs and, well, I’m pretty sure there’s something else I’m forgetting.

But everybody in my family liked this salad!

It’s such a simple recipe that I’ve flipped past the page many times.  It’s the perfect time of year to make it, as the corn couldn’t be any better.  I bought all the ingredients at the local farmer’s market, and the freshness of the vegetables made it a real standout.  As an accompaniment to barbecued chicken, served in the backyard, it was unbeatable.

Give it a try, and I’ll bet everybody in your family will like it too.

Fresh Corn Salad

5 ears corn, shucked
1/2 cup small-diced red onion
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
3 Tbsp good olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the corn for 3 minutes until the starchiness is just gone.  Drain and immerse it in ice water to stop the cooking and to set the colour.  When the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.

In a small bowl, combine the cider vinegar and olive oil.

Toss the kernels in a large bowl with the red onions, vinegar and olive oil, salt and pepper.  Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil.  Taste for seasonings and serve at room temperature or cold.

46 comments:

Amie Kaufman said...

My mouth's watering just reading this. It's not quite the time of year for fresh corn here right now, but I'm going to try it anyway. Can't wait!

allieksmith said...

For everyone in a family to like one dish is pretty special! This sounds awesome!!

Lena Coakley said...

Mmm. I love corn. Definitely trying this one!

dwidlebug said...

You salad look very simple but yet I love it. I am corn lover:)

yummychunklet said...

I love salad as well! The corn makes this dish very tempting.

Valerie said...

Fresh corn, red onions, and fresh basil...who wouldn't love that salad? :D

Rita said...

I have corn leftover from last nght's dinner; will try your salad for sure and need recipes for my basil.
Rita

Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

This sounds like my kind of salad too. I love "throw together" salads with lots of veggies. I also love Ina Garten so I doubt you could go wrong!

Kayte said...

Everyone in my house loves this salad as well!! Isn't it great when the corn is right off the cob at the height of corn season? Oh, yeah. And I always think it is so pretty and cheerful. We serve it a lot with grilled hamburgers and Ina's Watermelon and Feta Salad...just says "SUMMER!!" doesn't it? Fun to see it and read you post on it.

8e173b34-c10b-11e0-855b-000bcdcb2996 said...

Makes me think of the times we would just go out to your corn field to pick corn for the evening meal. We have never had any fresher or better!

Heather said...

You can almost never go wrong with an Ina Garten recipe. I use a similar recipe that has cilantro in it. I can't believe you found a recipe that everyone in your household will eat...I'm still on the search!

jillbert said...

Yum! I think everyone in my family would like that salad too!

Ruth said...

This looks perfect to go with some grilled fish or meat, and I have some corn in the house. Maybe I should make this tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Boy do I understand how momentous it is when you find a food that everybody likes! Looks like a good one.

LDH said...

I think your salad looks so good! We had corn on the cob for dinner this evening and there were leftovers so I am able to make this :)

justine said...

oh, I just love fresh corn salad! :) We had corn on the cob tonight, but I can't wait until it's piled up in our CSA box!

Janet Johnson said...

Mmmm! Sounds yummy! So any suggestions for kiddos who might be picky about the onion? Could I blend it in the blender? Or would that make the onion taste too strong?

Joanne said...

Haha I think corn is the only veggie my family can agree to love! Sounds like a great salad.

tenaciouslyyours.com said...

We've been actioning corn salads like crazy over the past few months, so I think that this would probably be a hit :) I love how Ina is always sure to indicate that it should be "good" olive oil, etc.

Julie said...

WE've had lots of corn in our CSA! I will be giving this a try soon.

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

I think I've had something very much like this before and it was delicious! I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder. Yours looks perfect.

Pacheco Patty said...

I know my family would love this corn salad;-). We enjoy grilled corn all summer long, it's so good served in a salad,thanks for passing along this recipe Beth;-)

Dulce Dough said...

This is such a perfect salad for this time of year! Now I need to get more corn!

comfortablydomestic.com said...

Everyone liking a salad is worth a ticker tape parade! I'll have to try it on my brood, since they all like corn.

Fresh Local and Best said...

Fresh sweet corn, it's one of the things I look forward to most in the summer. This refreshing salad looks like a real crowd pleaser.

The Baking Gypsy said...

I love how simple and fresh this is! You can never go wrong with sweet corn, it is a true crowd pleaser.
I hope you are having a beautiful summer, Beth!

xx,
Tammy♥

Victoria said...

Fresh corn is one of my favorite parts of summer! This salad looks so simple and fresh :) btw, I love your new blog layout!!

Barbara Kloss said...

YUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMYYYY!! That looks AMAZING! Going to copy that salad recipe, um, NOW. Thanks!

ps i left you an award on my blog :D

Anna said...

This looks so healthy and full of juicy flavour. I cant wait until it is Summer here and the corn is in season, I will be making this for sure!

Deniz Bevan said...

Yum! It's always the simplest recipes that become sure fire winners. Will definitely try this.

lapetitepancake said...

That Barefoot Contessa sure is good at what she does. I have yet to make a recipe from her that I don't like.
mmmm fresh corn

Jess said...

We've got corn and basil growing in the backyard, so I can't wait to make a really fresh version of this fresh salad!! (Okay, so it could be another month or two before the corn is ready) Simple and delicious. I can't wait :)

laurie said...

I can't wait to try this!

Reeni said...

Anything with corn is a winner in my house! We are all serious lovers. This salad looks wonderful - it lets the corn shine!

Kristen said...

I can completely relate to your happiness that everyone liked this salad. With 7 different sets of taste buds in my house, it's almost a miracle when everyone likes something. That salad does sound mighty good, too.

shaz said...

That's wonderful! I am sure I will like this salad. In fact I am quite sure 3 out of 4 of us will love this salad. But one of us will be picking out the onions and the "green stuff". ;)

Angela Felsted said...

It does look good. If only I could get everyone in my family to like the same thing. There is nothing no-thing they all agree on.

Claudia said...

Everybody plus me loves this salad. Especially during corn season - which is now!

Sue said...

I'm not much for corn, but this sounds pretty good, and fresh!

Monet said...

I just love the barefoot contessa, so I know I would love this salad too! Thank you for sharing this delicious side. I'm enjoying your pictures and your words with a cup of coffee in my hands and rolls rising on the counter. Hugs and love from Austin!

Raina said...

This salad sounds wonderful, especially with the fresh corn available now, and if your whole family likes it, it must be great:)

Medeia Sharif said...

I would love this. I enjoy corn in salads.

Sweet And Crumby said...

You are on...If you can get my son (16yrs) to like this salad then I will throw a parade and send you a present Beth. Seriously, that boy only likes read meat and very few forms of potato. I will try this though...it looks summery and fab.

aglassofmilk said...

this is my all-time fave summer salad!

Lizzy said...

Oh, I LOVE sweet corn and it would be fantastic in this simple, flavorful salad. I'm copying to try :)

Lynne said...

This looks wonderful and would be delicious on nearly anything or by itself. Thanks for the recipe.

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