Fresh corn on the grill is one of the highlights of summer, but for gourmet cooks, it’s only the starting point. This unique salad begins with corn and fresh red peppers that are roasted right on the grill, then tossed with flavorful ingredients like fresh lime juice and smoky chipotles in adobo.
Grilled corn salad pairs well with picnic basics like burgers and ribs, but the spicy flavors are an even better pairing with flavorful specialty dishes like blackened mahi mahi tacos or rosemary grilled chicken.
Make a big batch, and you can even pile the corn salad right into your tacos, or use it as a topping for grilled or baked fish, fajitas or some seriously inventive gourmet hot dogs.
Tote this to a potluck and it’ll be a standout –not to mention a refreshing change from the array of potato salads everyone brings.
Grilled Corn Salad with Spicy Cheddar Dressing Recipe
2 oz. Cabot Sharp or Extra Sharp Cheddar, grated
¼ cup olive oil
Juice of 2 fresh limes
1 tsp. chopped chipotle pepper from canned chipotles in adobo, plus 1 Tbsp of sauce
2 cloves garlic
¾ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
6 ears fresh corn
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 large red bell pepper
4 whole green onions, sliced
Combine all dressing ingredients in blender or food processor and puree until well combined.
Preheat grill to high. Rub fresh corn with olive oil and place on grill. Place red peppers on grill. Grill corn and peppers, turning occasionally, until lightly charred on all sides (about 10-15 minutes). Remove corn and peppers from grill and cover peppers with plastic wrap.
When corn has cooled, carefully slice off the kernels with a sharp knife into a large bowl. When peppers have cooled, cut in half, lengthwise. Rub off the blackened skin (it’s okay if some bits still cling to the peppers). Chop peppers into small pieces.
Add peppers and green onions to corn and toss with dressing until combined. Serve at room temperature. Serves 6.
Recipe adapted from and courtesy of Cabot Dairy.
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Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos Recipe
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