Savoring Summer

Well it’s official, I saw my first pumpkin spice commercial on television tonight. Come on, people! Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin, but in no way does September 1st qualify as fall. We still have 22 sweet days of summer left and I plan on enjoying them while they last! Before we know it fall will be over, pumpkins will be covered in snow, and we’ll be wishing we were back in the summer sun. So let’s enjoy our current season, shall we?

In order to celebrate the last few glorious days of summer, I wanted to share a recipe using a seasonal ingredient that can truly only be enjoyed in the months of July and August – sweet corn. This Mexican corn salad is a great dish to bring to a family gathering, outdoor barbecue, or to pass around the dinner table. It is light, refreshing, and to me it practically embodies the season of summer. My husband and I brought this dish to a cookout with some friends from college that we hadn’t seen in a while. Warm weather, delicious food, and time to spend with family and friends is what summer is all about. Maybe you can use this dish as inspiration for one last summer get together before the pumpkin spice tidal wave hits.

Mexican Corn Salad

Mexican Corn Salad

What you’ll need:

  • 4-5 large ears of corn
  • 1/4 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese
  • 3 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • lime juice
  • salt and pepper

What to do:

  1. Soak corn in husks in a large pot of water for 20 minutes to an hour. Set grill to medium/high heat.
  2. Remove corn from water and grill for about 20 minutes, turning every five minutes or so.
  3. Once the corn is cooked, remove from husk and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  4. While the corn is cooling, chop the red onion and cilantro.
  5. Carefully slice the corn kernels off of the husk and into a large bowl.
  6. Add the onion and cilantro to the bowl of corn. Sprinkle cotija cheese, queso fresco, and paprika into the bowl and toss to combine.
  7. Season to taste with lime juice, salt, and pepper.

corn salad

Make this salad, call up some friends, get outside, and enjoy the warm days we have left before fall really starts. Do you have any go to recipes that you use for summer gatherings? Let me know in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “Savoring Summer

  1. Yum! This looks delicious! I love salsa – especially corn salsa! I love that you use fresh corn and grill it on the cob before putting it in the salsa! I bet that makes a huge difference. I’m usually too lazy for that extra step, and just use frozen.. 😉

    Here is a similar corn salsa recipe that I found early this summer. I really like this one! I am a HUGE avocado fan, and I like that this recipe has chunks of avocado instead of mashing it up guacamole style. Like yours, it’s super easy to make. 🙂

    Hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were on our last days of school?! I totally agree with you on the pumpkin craze. It can be a bit crazy!!! I did just accidentally buy some pumpkin muffins however, and they were quite delish. Maybe a little bit at a time… 🙂

  2. It’s pretty hard to avoid pumpkin-flavored items when they are so delicious!! I’m setting a timeline for myself though – apple items only for September, but once October 1st hits I’m all over that pumpkin bandwagon!

  3. Wow, Maggie! That looks really yummy as do all of the recipes you have shared. You are talented and creative in the culinary arts. What is cojita cheese? I have never heard of it…and where does one buy it? I also totally related to the intro of your post because I agree wholeheartedly. Actually on my way home today I saw a house in our neighborhood that had jack-o-lantern looking pumpkins hanging from the hooks where flowerpots should be hanging. I thought to myself, really?! I guess I could see an autumn-like wreath at this time or maybe even a pumpkin without a face! Your link is also hilarious. I do like pumpkin pancakes…but not much else that is pumpkin flavored. Will you be cooking up anything pumpkin flavored?

    • Cotija cheese is like a Mexican parmesan cheese. Very tasty! You can get it at any grocery store in the refrigerated dairy aisle or maybe in the international foods aisle. I have also started seeing jack-o-lanterns already!! I love fall and Halloween but it’s just too soon! Maybe once the weather cools off a bit I’ll be singing a different tune.. I love anything pumpkin flavored! Although, I don’t think I want to try M&Ms, that sounds weird. I have made pumpkin bread, pancakes, cookies, pie (from a real pumpkin – one of my Thanksgiving traditions), and even homemade pumpkin spice lattes! I haven’t made pumpkin soup yet, but I did make butternut squash soup last fall and it was amazing, so I might give pumpkin a try. 🙂

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