Monday, September 16, 2013

Summery Corn Side Dish

Corn, basil & tomatoes - the flavors of summer!
Enjoy the flavors of summer together with this recipe.  I whipped this up the other night and served over lettuce with some grilled steak and blue cheese for a hearty dinner salad.  So good!  You could also serve it on the side of BBQ chicken or grilled pork Tenderloin for a great side dish.

I bought a few dozen ears of corn and froze it so we'd be able to enjoy dishes like this and corn chowder after sweet corn disappears from the farmer's markets and store shelves.  Make this with fresh or frozen corn. 

Summery Corn Side Dish

About 3 c. corn, fresh or frozen
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 Roma tomatoes, seeded & diced (or use a handful of grape tomatoes, halved or quartered)
1/4 c. red onion, finely diced
1/4 c. fresh basil, chopped
olive oil 
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
add a pinch of cayenne for some heat

In a skillet over medium heat, add a splash of olive oil, then add onion and garlic.  Cook until fragrant about 1-2 minutes, and then add corn.  Stir to combine, and cook about 2 minutes more.  Add tomatoes, basil, and seasoning.  Remove from heat, and serve. 


  1. I've never been able to get my head around a "warm salad". For me, salads have always been a cold plate you enjoy eating during the hot Summer months. Making it warm just doesn't make sense. And adding pepper and cayenne for heat defies logic! ≧﹏≦

  2. Well, gee, I guess you could call it a warm corn side dish versus a salad? Naming a recipe is not my gift. And you certainly could chill it. I personally don't love lots of cold corn. We eat lots of cold salads in the summer, but plenty of warm/hot/cooked side dishes with our meals, too. This one tasted pretty good to me....?

    Our family eats lots of spicy foods, but you certainly wouldn't need to add the cayenne. I forgot to put "optional" - not everyone likes that.

    Thanks for the feedback!