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Friday, July 9, 2010

Corn and Radish Salad



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Sweet corn has started to appear in our farmer's markets. It's not local, but I'm always so anxious for the first corn of summer that I break my own rules and buy it anyway. Sweet corn has become part of our Independence Day celebration, so I not fussy about its country or state of origin. It's a carry over from my Midwestern childhood, when corn on the cob was a treat and as much a part of the celebration as watermelon or fireworks. We stopped at a farm stand on the 4th and bought ten ears of corn. Six of them were gone before the sun had set, but I wanted to make sure the remaining ears were put to good use. I have a decade old recipe from Bon Appetit magazine that makes a spicy salad with corn, radishes and jalepenos. It is easy to do and it is a perfect dish to serve with Mexican or Southwestern food. Those last ears of corn were destined to become this lovely summer salad. While it can be made a day ahead of serving, the radishes will bleed and change the color of the salad if it sits that long. I skirt the issue by combining all the ingredients, except the radishes, the day before I need the salad. I add the radishes to the mix about an hour before I plan to serve it. That gives me the flavor of a long marinade and the color and crispness of fresh radishes. Cut the radishes as thinly as you can, A mandolin is ideal for this task, but to be honest I use a paring knife. It's easier than having to drag out and assemble the mandolin when so little knife work is required. I hope you'll consider this lovely, fresh salad the next time you are planning a Southwestern or Mexican meal. It is very nice. Here's the recipe.

Corn and Radish Salad with Jalapenos and Lime...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Bon Appetit magazine

Ingredients:

4 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 4 ears)
3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3-1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons minced seeded jalepeño chilies

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving. Yield: 6 servings

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56 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

The combination of corn and cherry radish is second to none! A delightful summer treat!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Sounds lovely Mary! I always look forward to "local" corn too, which to me pretty much emcompasses the entire southeast LOL!

MaryMoh said...

A nice salad to enjoy. My family loves sweet corn. I always cook sweet corn soup. I must give a try at making salad with it.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

very beautiful combination, and look healthy too!

Priya said...

Beautiful and definitely a crunchy salad, looks colourful..

FireintheBreeze (Brittany) said...

During summer I always chuck corn into my salad mixes. Thanks for the reminder and combination idea!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

A combination I would never have tried but I will now. Diane

Ana Powell said...

You are the "Queen" of salads.
Great combination of ingredients and colours.
Wishing you a great weekend ♥

bellini valli said...

Adding the radishes later is a good idea Mary. I can't wait for corn season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chef Dennis said...

we do have fresh corn in our area, what a great way to use it! I love corn and a corn relish sounds wonderful...
thanks so much for the inspiration!

PeggyR said...

I love the look and it's two different flavors combined!

Jamie said...

I have to say I love your corn recipes and I'm jealous. It just isn't eaten here that much except maybe from a can. It's all I find. I cannot wait for fresh corn when I will be in Florida in one week!

From the Kitchen said...

We heard from our favorite midwest farmer that the deer are saying the corn is almost ready = ). Can't wait. Looks cool and delicious. Just what we need at the moment!

Best,
Bonnie

Julie said...

Beautiful salad, Mary!! I am hoping for local corn tomorrow at the farmer's market.

Emmalene said...

That looks truly lovely Mary! I do think radish goes well with sweet vegetables or fruit. I make a tasty orange and radish salad, but I shall try this too, thanks for posting it! x

Joanne said...

I tend to buy non-local corn as well just because it is way too cheap to pass up. And really tasty. So tasty in fact that I'm pretty sure this salad could cure my aversion to radishes! Looks delicious.

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Oh, the addition of the shaved radishes is glorious! Can't wait to try this!

Cathy said...

What a light and flavorful salad, Mary. I really like radishes and add them to many summer dishes. I'm looking forward to trying this lovely dish.

Jenn said...

Sounds wonderful...and so summery!! I think jalapenos make everything better! Hope your Friday is a fabulous one!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I have a strong memory of the best corn on the cob I ever had. Dave and I were caring for some high school kids while their parents (who grew corn) were away. We picked it after the water was already boiling. Now that's fresh corn. YUM

penny aka jeroxie said...

Looks so healthy but I will eat it because it looks super fresh and colourful. YUM!

The Fajdich Times said...

Mary that sounds delish! Great for the summer:)

Gloria said...

Dear Mary what lovely and delicious is your food!! blessings, gloria

Nina Timm said...

Healthy, refreshing, light on the budget...yes this salad gets all the ticks from me!!!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Very colorful. I've not had radishes in ages!

Carmen

nannykim said...

sounds yummy especially to go along with a mex dish!

Susi said...

Since I'm always on the look-out for great salads I get excited when I come across one I think the family will like, and yours fits the criteria! Thank you so much for posting this!

Adriana said...

mary! what an honor to have you visit my blog! i follow yours. You have amazing recipes and pictures! thanks for visiting and please come back!

Adelina said...

very summery!Interesting combination as well Wish we had more affordable farmer's markets around Austin!...

RamblingTart said...

I love beautiful salads like this, Mary. :-) The dressing sounds just wonderful and I know the local market has heaps of good corn right now. :-) Lovely!

Salsa Verde said...

A delightful salad and so refreshing for a summer meal.
Love,
Lia.

We Are Not Martha said...

Corn salads are my favorite in the summer! I never thought to add radish, but since I love radish, why not? I also enjoy the addition of jalapeno and lime. Basically, perfect :)

Sues

Suman Singh said...

wow...salad looks so refershing..love the combination of corn n radish together...yummie!

The Red Umbrella said...

This looks like a winner!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Ciao Mary,
dopo una settimana di duro lavoro sono ritornata nei miei blog amici !
Buona questa pietanza :-))
Si può accompagnare con della birra ?
Buon fine settimana...

Sook said...

Looks healthy and delicious. I love corn AND radish, but never combined them before. I will have to give it a try.

Lucie said...

This looks a delicious summer dish. This is my first visit to your blog - it's wonderful. Lucie x

Katerina said...

I love Mexican food. This salad looks so colorful and fresh with all these ingredients. You always try new and tasty ideas.

Jay said...

Beautiful n very tempting pics. I love this one too...

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This looks so fresh it appears to be jumping off the screen! Corn salads are such a wonderful part of summer!

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight, this corn is raw? I have eaten many ears of corn in my day, but never raw. This salad looks delicious, but I've tasted raw corn and it isn't great. Am I missing something?

I love your blog Mary. The fork full at the top is a perfect photo.

M @ Betty Crapper said...

Raw corn is actually pretty good. I have a hard time not eating the kernels when I'm taking them off the cob. Some for me, some for the prep bowl... I have to buy extra. They can be sooooo sweet if the corn is perfect. Yum.

Mary, I'm saving this recipe to make soon. I just love corn and jalapenos. mmmmmmmm

Mary said...

Anonymous - fresh sweet corn sliced right off the cob is delicious. As is frozen corn that has been thawed. This may be one of those dishes that does not appeal to all tastes, but we really love this dish. Blessings...Mary

Jen_from_NJ said...

Another great idea for my CSA radishes! We now have local corn and it is so good! Thank you Mary!

Joyce said...

Mary I have been known to eat corn on the cob leftovers for breakfast. I am so happy it is corn season and I think that everyone has some special memory of eating corn on a hot summers day as a child. I like that you can make this ahead of time (minus the radish). Thanks for sharing. I have not done any serious cooking or baking this summer as I am not at home and can't wait to get back to my kitchen aid and all my kitchen gadgets. Sounds crazy but I know you can understand since you enjoy cooking so much too:-) Stay cool.
Joyce

Live.Love.Eat said...

This looks so light and refreshing, perfect for these hot summer days here in FL. Thank you for sharing.

Devaki said...

This is a lovely combination Mary. I also adore your strawberry salsa in an avocado half.

You serve up some of the best summer flavors!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Carolyn Jung said...

What a lovely mix of summer flavors. I like the touch of heat to contrast with the sweetness of the corn, too.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Mary! I cannot look at a radish and not think of my father who used to have a little dish next to his plate for summer meals. He LOVED them. I did, too, but it's funny, I don't eat them as much now as I did growing up when they came out of our garden. This dish looks good!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Regina said...

Wow its delicious. Thank you Mary.

Debinhawaii said...

This looks like a delicious and flavorful dish--I love how colorful it is.

Monet said...

I love the complimentary colors of red and yellow. This salad looks so fresh and vibrant (as all of your meals do). It is amazing what a difference local corn will make.

Pacheco Patty said...

I love this salad Mary and the corn is so good right now:-)

Sushma Mallya said...

unique combo but surely looks yum & healthy..

Carol Egbert said...

I used radishes recently iI made a recipe for refrigerator quick pickles. They they were tasty and a lovely pink color.

Cara said...

I've just learned to appreciate radishes and I bet they are totally delicious with the sweet fresh corn here. Sounds wonderful!

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