Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Susan Branch's Fresh Corn Salad

Submitted by Linda
I've often heard Michelle repeating Chef Mario Batali's mantra that it takes just a few great ingredients to make a great dish. Combine that with our love of all things Susan Branch, and we've got a summer salad that is a staple at our patio table. Here are my few fresh ingredients:
Corn, cilantro, red onion, red and yellow peppers, lime juice, salt, pepper and olive oil.
The only challenging thing is cutting the (uncooked) corn off the cob without making a giant mess. In the photo below, you can see that I use a big bowl - and you can see the corn flying off the cob.
After that, it's simple to steam the corn and throw it all together, after a bit of chopping. Served chilled, it is refreshing, zippy and healthy.
Susan says, "This is a perfect big salad to take to a picnic or barbecue - colorful and delicious with anything from the grill". Fresh corn is in season right now....better give it a try!

Susan Branch's Fresh Corn Salad
Makes 8 cups

Ingredients:
6 ears of sweet corn
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 red onion, minced
1/2 C. cilantro, chopped
1/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. lime juice (I squeezed 2 limes to make 1/4 C.)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Cut the fresh corn off the cob and steam for 3-5 minutes in 1/4 C. water. Remove lid and cook, stirring, 2 minutes more until water evaporates. Toss corn with all the other ingredients and chill.

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