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grilled corn salad with bell peppers, red onion and fresh dill

grilled corn salad with bell peppers, red onion and fresh dill

Street vendors sell grilled corn everywhere in Greece during the summer. Crazy salty and steamed inside their husks, you wouldn’t believe how good they taste. This recipe uses grilled corn in a quick, easy, amazing summer salad – just over half an hour and you can be tucking into a bowl!

So good for lunch or dinner, this simple, delicious recipe uses oven-grilled corn cooks up perfectly every time and cooking corn this way also makes it super fast to peel of the husks when they’re cooked and that’s never a bad thing.

Each medium sized ear of corn yields about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of corn kernels and the natural water in the corn kernels steam the ears
right inside their husks. Trim any loose ends and outside leaves so nothing burns. The ears can go directly on to the oven rack.

oven grilled corn

oven grilled corn

Fresh dill is an absolute must here. Chop the dill as finely as you can, no stems. I often use my kitchen scissors to get a nice result. It’s the perfect herb to complement the grilled corn flavor.

fresh chopped dill

fresh chopped dill

Once the corn is cooked and cooled, peel of the husks and carefully slice the corn off the cob. Break up into single kernels. And please – don’t be tempted to substitute frozen or canned corn. It’s honestly not worth making unless you use fresh.

carefully cut corn off cob

carefully cut corn off cob

Use whichever colors of bell pepper you prefer.  I like to use a combination of red, yellow and orange when I can because the colors just pop against the white/yellow corn.  Red onion is nice here because the sweetness blends well with the other flavors. Cook the chopped peppers and onion in the oven at the same time as the corn.

chopped vegetables

chopped vegetables

The vegetables will be cooked but not super soft, they’ll add to the textures of the salads.

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of fresh corn (3-3 1/2 cups corn kernels)
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Cooking Instructions

Roast corn and veggies in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow the corn to cool slightly before pulling of the husks. With a sharp knife, carefully cut kernels from the cob. Break up the kernels and mix with chopped veggies and fresh dill. Add salt, pepper and olive oil. Combine well and serve.

Tuck into a bowl of this salad with a piece of crusty bread or fill a pita pocket and you’ve got a quick and nutritious meal. Grilled corn salad keeps well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days but it never hangs around that long!

This recipe makes about 5 cups of grilled corn salad and can easily be doubled, tripled or even quadrupled – I’ve made giant batches for barbecues and it always turns out perfectly.

This is a great dish for parties too. Serve in cucumber cups for a pretty, tasty bite sized appetizer.

fill cucumber cups for a lovely appetizer

fill cucumber cups for a lovely appetizer

 

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