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Summer Seduction: High Sierra Sweet Corn Salad

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Been to the market lately? The crops of sweet white corn are making their presence known in the produce section and whenever I see this naturally sweet vegetable, I begin to salivate knowing that High Sierra Sweet Corn Salad will soon be crunching between my teeth! I created this summer salad for my restaurant at Lake Tahoe, California and we always served it with anything grilled. It soon became so popular that people wanted to order it on its own.

If you have never experienced raw sweet white corn, you are in for an incredible taste treat. These little kernels are almost as sweet as candy. When you combine their sweetness with the natural sweetness of the little grape tomatoes, your mouth is going to be in a world it has never been in before.

To accentuate the flavors of this salad, our dressing is very earthy (and some might say odd). We combine olive oil and raspberry vinegar with shallots, garlic and green onions. Serve this with some crusty Italian bread and you will also have a memorable brunch!

Ingredients needed to make High Sierra Sweet Corn Salad:

  • 2 ears of sweet white corn
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. raspberry vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 green onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. minced cilantro

Steps:

  1. Remove the husk and the silk (the strings) from the ears of corn (leave the stem on the ear as it will make it easier for you to remove the kernels.
  2. With a sharp knife, remove the kernels of corn into a large bowl (this can get messy). Once the kernels are removed, use the back of the knife and scrape the cob and release the sweet corn milk.
  3. Into the bowl add the grape tomatoes, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Set the bowl aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
  5. Pour the dressing over the corn, stir to combine and serve.

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