Friday, July 2, 2010

Fresh Corn Salad: A 4th of July gift from the god(dess)

I couldn’t not make anything.

It wasn’t an option.

Yes, it would require some planning and a few out of the way stops to procure the necessary ingredients, but it was no matter. I was not about to show up at Cathy and Vernon’s first dinner party (complete with their fancy, fresh-off-the-wedding-registry, china) without bringing something with me.

Even if it did mean finding a perfect and fabulous and fail-proof vegetable-based recipe that could be made the night before so I could bring it with me to the office the next day since I would need to head directly to their home in Pasadena after work and wouldn’t be able to do anything about it so help me God.

It really was no matter.

I just needed to breathe. A lot.

And then turn to Ina Garten.

While Ina Garten is most certainly not God, she is a goddess in the kitchen and her recipes are notorious for being simple, easy-to-make and, most importantly, delicious. It didn’t take me long to zero in on her beloved Fresh Corn Salad that the commenters insisted tasted even better when made the day before. They also insisted that the recipe be made exactly as the Garten Goddess wrote it…

That part I kind of ignored.

In my self-defense, I didn’t change it that much. I only added a cup of cooked edamame for color, upped the amount of corn by one ear and used a smidge more basil and red onion to balance out the recipe proportions. The dressing I left the same – exactly as the goddess intended it to be.

And in the end, it was good.

Very good.

Fresh Corn Salad
Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Yield: 6 generous side servings

6 ears of yellow corn, shucked
1 cup shelled edamame, cooked
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons diced red onion
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup julienned fresh basil leaves

Soak diced red onion in small bowl of water for approximately 15-30 minutes to help cut the harshness of the onion. Drain and set aside.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the corn for 3 minutes until the starchiness is just gone. Drain and immerse it in ice water to stop the cooking and to set the color. When the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.

Toss the kernels in a large bowl with the red onions, edamame, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.


Gastronomer said...

Paella and corn salad. A match made in delicious heaven. Let's do it again real soon, ya hear?

I'll bring the China ;-)

Susan said...

Looks delicious! Good ol' Ina!

Esi said...

That Ina. She can do no wrong.

stuffycheaks said...

i love corn salads, so refreshing. This sounds like a perfect dish for a summer picnic. I would prob cop out and use canned corn haha

Anna A. said...

Yum! I love Ina Garten and this corn salad looks right up TALF alley. You are a corn goddess indeed!

Jenn said...

Oh, Ina. I love her recipes, too.

This makes me wish that I had gone a picnic. It really does.

bagnatic said...

oooh i love corn. sounds really easy to make too! i'll have to try this one for sure.

The Duo Dishes said...

The edamame are a nice change to the typical corn salad. Standing by the fact that sun dried tomatoes and fresh corn are meant to be married. You should try that too.

Diana said...

Cathy - Yes, please! Dinner parties are great fun. :)

Susan - Thanks! Ina is definitely a rock star.
Esi - No, no she can't. Those risotto cakes are still one of my favorite appetizers to make!

Stephanie - No, no! Not the canned stuff!

Anna - Yep, you've got me pegged - I'm a whore for corn on the cob. The worst part of wearing braces in HS was not being able to eat it.

Jenn - It's the perfect picnic recipe!

Amy - It's super easy! The hardest part is husking the corn.

Chrystal & Amir - Ohhh I bet sundried tomatoes and corn are heavenly together! I'm definitely going to need to try that!

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

ok really i've missed a lot on here! I've spent the last 45 minutes catching up on your blog where have i been? I love summer corn and this salad looks so good, Ina is just my hero truly what recipe of hers isnt good. One last thing, miss your face! :)