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