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Ina Garten Corn Salad

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 5 mins Total: 20 mins Yields: 6

Looking for a delightful and refreshing summer salad? Bursting with the flavors of fresh corn, tangy red onion, and fragrant basil, this Ina Garten’s Corn Salad is a true crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or simply craving a light and flavorful meal, corn salad is the perfect choice


What’s the Summer corn salad recipe?

Ina Garten’s Corn Salad is a vibrant and refreshing dish that highlights the natural sweetness of corn. The kernels are blanched to perfection, maintaining a delightful crunch while removing any starchiness. Tossed with diced red onion, cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh basil, this salad is a harmonious blend of flavors. The combination of tangy and savory notes beautifully complements the sweet corn, creating a medley of tastes that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

Why you’ll love it

  • Fresh and Vibrant: The star ingredient, corn, brings a burst of freshness to the salad, making it an ideal choice for summer gatherings.
  • Simple Preparation: With just a few readily available ingredients and minimal cooking time, this recipe is both accessible and convenient.
  • Versatile and Adaptable: You can easily customize the salad by adding your favorite ingredients like diced tomatoes, avocado, or even grilled shrimp.
  • Bursting with Flavor: The combination of red onion, cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and basil creates a nice blend making it a perfect side for any dish.
  • Healthy and Nutritious: Corn is a great source of fiber and essential nutrients, making this salad a healthy addition to your meal.

Ina Garten corn salad with red onions, corn, basil and oil vinegar dressing

Ina Garten corn salad recipe

Ingredients

  • Corn – 5 ears or 4 cups/700g corn kernels
  • Red onion – 1/2 cup small diced red onion
  • Cider vinegar – 3 tablespoons
  • Olive oil – 3 tablespoons
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Freshly ground black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fresh basil leaves – 1/2 cup

Instructions

  1. Remove the husks and silk of the corn cobs.
  2. Boil the corn n a large pot of salted water for approximately 3 minutes, until the corn is no longer starchy.
  3. Drain the corn and then immediately immerse it in a bowl filled with ice water. This will help preserve its vibrant color and stop the cooking process.
  4. Set aside to cool down.
  5. Cut the kernels off the cobs. Cut as close to the cob as possible to get the whole kernels.
  6. Combine the corn kernels with the diced red onion, cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Toss everything together to ensure the ingredients are well-mixed.
  8. Garnish with fresh basil leaves on top of the corn mixture. The basil will add a delightful aroma and flavor to the salad.
  9. Serve the corn salad chilled or at room temperature and enjoy the fresh and vibrant flavors!

Tips

  • To enhance the flavors, consider grilling the corn before cutting off the kernels.
  • For an extra kick, add a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of chili flakes.
  • Make sure the corn is fresh for the best taste and texture.
  • Adjust the amount of vinegar and olive oil to suit your personal preference.

Variations

  • Add diced tomatoes or cherry tomatoes for a burst of juicy sweetness.
  • Incorporate diced avocado for a creamy and luscious texture.
  • Experiment with different herbs like cilantro or mint to add a unique twist.
  • For a heartier meal, mix in cooked quinoa or black beans.

How to serve this corn salad?

This Corn Salad is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways:

  • As a side dish alongside grilled chicken, steak, or seafood.
  • As a topping for tacos or quesadillas, add a refreshing element to your Mexican-inspired dishes.
  • As a filling for wraps or sandwiches, providing a delicious and nutritious option for your lunchtime meals.
  • As a standalone salad for a light and satisfying lunch or dinner.

Give Ina Garten’s Corn Salad recipe a try, and indulge in a delightful dish that celebrates the vibrant flavors of summer!

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Ina Garten Corn Salad

Caroline Sciberras
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Sides

Ingredients
  

  • Corn - 5 ears or 4 cups/700g corn kernels
  • Red onion - 1/2 cup small diced red onion
  • Cider vinegar - 3 tablespoons
  • Olive oil - 3 tablespoons
  • Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Freshly ground black pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fresh basil leaves - 1/2 cup

Instructions
 

  • Remove the husks and silk of the corn cobs.
  • Boil the corn n a large pot of salted water for approximately 3 minutes, until the corn is no longer starchy.
  • Drain the corn and then immediately immerse it in a bowl filled with ice water. This will help preserve its vibrant color and stop the cooking process.
  • Set aside to cool down.
  • Cut the kernels off the cobs. Cut as close to the cob as possible to get the whole kernels.
  • Combine the corn kernels with the diced red onion, cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Toss everything together to ensure the ingredients are well-mixed.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves on top of the corn mixture. The basil will add a delightful aroma and flavor to the salad.
  • Serve the corn salad chilled or at room temperature and enjoy the fresh and vibrant flavors!

Notes

  • To enhance the flavors, consider grilling the corn before cutting off the kernels.
  • For an extra kick, add a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of chili flakes.
  • Make sure the corn is fresh for the best taste and texture.
  • Adjust the amount of vinegar and olive oil to suit your personal preference.

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