Along with tomatoes, sweet corn is one of the top favorite foods of summer. When it’s good, it’s sweet, juicy and totally irresistible. Here are two easy and flavorful recipes to make while corn is at its peak, plus one surprising way to enjoy it on the cob (hint: It may have you thinking twice about the need for butter!). Read more
This colorful dish makes a bright side and comes together in not a ton of time. The fresh corn gets sauteed with red onion and orange bell pepper and, just before it’s served, a pop of fresh basil (or other green herb) delivers an added burst of color and flavor.
Tomatoes? Check. Corn and cucumber? Double check. The next time you overdo it at the farmers market, you know what to do: Let’s get some salad up in here!
Cherry Tomatoes: Cherry Tomato Salad with Buttermilk Dressing (above, from Food Network Magazine)
Basil and garlic elicit their savory side, but these little tomatoes, tossed in buttermilk-sour cream dressing, also know how to sweet-talk.
Just a few minutes of scorching heat will transform any farmers market find into charred, perfectly smoky bliss.
Grilled Ratatouille Salad (above, from Food Network Magazine)
A swirl of eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini and rings of red bell pepper and red onion — combined with olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh basil — turn this dish into a colorful, barbecue-perfect side salad. Read more
If you’re searching for a side dish that cools things off and heats them up at the same time, this is the recipe. Two star ingredients of the warm-weather months, corn and watermelon, take a zingy turn with the help of traditional street-corn chili-powder seasoning and a quick pickle. With just a few minutes of prep work, you’ll create a colorful salad that highlights the sweet flavors of watermelon and corn, all balanced by a spicy surprise. Also nice: The salad offers a refreshing counterpoint to traditional barbecue fare.
“Being a chef is strange,” says Suzanne Goin. “Throughout service, I taste a lot of food to make sure it tastes and looks right. So, I’m not really eating for pleasure most of the time. I’m eating what I need to for my job.”
Though Goin, who co-owns six Los Angeles eateries (Lucques and A.O.C. among them) and a wholesale bakery, rarely gets to eat strictly as her heart desires, sampling this sweet corn, summer squash, sliced avocado and watercress salad never feels like an occupational hazard. “I create salads that I want to eat all the time,” Goin says.
Similar to the potato, corn is another one of those foods that gets a bum rap because of how it’s usually served: fried (corn chips/corn dogs), processed (corn syrup), extruded (many sugary cereals) or otherwise fashioned into foods you never thought were made with corn (ketchup, salad dressing, soda, cookies, bread and more). One can of soda is rich in corn, in the form of high fructose corn syrup, which shocks our body with an insulin-spiking 120 calories of simple carbs, and no nutrients whatsoever. That’s Mr. Hyde.
Yet there is a brighter, more natural side to corn; the one you see when you take a long ear and slowly peel back layer upon layer of its stringy exterior to reveal a yellow, white or multicolored bonanza of kernels that you can eat straight off the cob. Beyond its juicy crunch and naturally sweet flavor, corn’s got some serious nutrients too. Just one cup (the size of your fist) packs 5g of protein, 4g of fiber, and it has a natural source of many nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese…all into a 130 calorie package. So grab an ear, Doctor Jekyll is in!
Celebrate the end of summer with these healthy sides — each has fewer than 250 calories per serving. Side dishes should add color, flavor, and a variety of nutrients to your meal. Take your pick from these scrumptious options.
Recipes To Try:
- Classic Coleslaw with Caraway
- Smoky Corn on the Cob
- Snow Pea-Radish Slaw
- Grilled Summer Squash
- Black Eyed Pea and Spinach Salad
- Cucumber-Bell Pepper Quinoa
- Lemon-Parsley Asparagus
- Grilled Bok Choy
- Summer Corn Salad
- Pesto Potato Salad
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It’s the peak of the season for sweet corn. Here are 30 ways to enjoy this summer treasure.
- Classic and straight up – on the cob with butter and salt
- Use our shopping tips to pick the perfect ears.
- Use a serrated knife to cut kernels off the cob — add raw kernels to to a salad for sweet crunch.
- After cutting off kernels, don’t toss those cobs – use them to flavor and thicken chowder.
- Make an easy summertime dinner –Fish Tacos with Chili Mayo and Grilled Corn
- Company coming? Make Grilled Corn Salsa and serve with tortilla chips
- Hit up the farmers’ market for the freshest corn. Local farmers will have all kinds of unique varieties available.
- Cooking Tip: when boiling corn on the cob, add salt and a splash of milk to the water.
- Add corn to your favorite pasta salad recipe.
- Add freshness and color to a stir fry.