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Corn Salad with Queso Fresco

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It’s been a while! And I’ve noticed I’m not the only one blogging less–it seems summer time is a busy time for everyone and I’m no exception.  Except I haven’t been busy with obligations–I’ve been busy having fun!  That’s the best kind of busy, right? :)

I’ve been enjoying my nephew’s baseball games, we celebrated my PIL’s 50th anniversary, we’ve been biking and walking, I’ve been baking for bake sales, birthdays, and banana bread experiments, and we’re going to Lake Afton every chance we get.  When it’s this hot, the only thing I want to do is soak in the sun’s heat on the beach (with SPF 1,000 sunscreen, of course) and then cool off in the water.  Love it so so much!

I haven’t been cooking very much, but this corn salad is one of the dishes we’ve enjoyed lately.  I love eating cool foods on hot days and fresh corn in the summer is so yummy in any form!  This salad has a a Mexican vibe to it and the flavors are great.  You can make it as is for a side dish, or turn it into a meal by adding some leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken.  Fabulous!

I added so much chicken and tomato to my salad that the corn was hardly the main feature any more!

Corn Salad with Queso Fresco

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4 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
8 ounces queso fresco or cotija cheese
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (and seeded if desired-the seeds will add more heat)
1/2 recipe (about 6 ounces) Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1 large avocado, pitted, peeled, and cubed
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Optional: chopped tomato and leftover rotisserie chicken

Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a large stock pot. When the water boils, add the corn and cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain and rinse and then add to a large bowl. Toss together the corn, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno pepper, and crumbled cheese. Toss with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette. Chill until ready to serve. Right before serving, gently toss in the avocado and season with salt and pepper. Serves 10-12.

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Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

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1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2-3 juicy limes)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar or rice vinegar*
4-5 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro, stems removed

In the jar of your blender, combine lime juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, and sugar. Blend until ingredients are completely combined. With the blender running, add the oil in a steady stream. Add cilantro and blend until the cilantro has broken down but still maintains some of its texture. Serve with greens, on any type of Mexican salad, or use as a marinade.

*Reduce sugar to 2 teaspoons if using seasoned rice vinegar, which contains sugar.

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

11 responses »

  1. I really like both of these recipes. The salad dressing sounds especially appealing and I can use it as a marinade as well as a salad topper.Very nice! Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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  2. Mmm! I’m glad you’re enjoying the summer and not tied down to a hot kitchen. And busy IS good, when it’s fun stuff like you’re talking about!

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  3. The salad looks great, I’ve been making summery dishes too. I’m glad you are getting out and enjoying yourself. The beach sounds wonderful! I’m going to have to take the girls to the river soon, it’s going to get hot!

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  4. I am glad you are enjoying yourself! I have been blogging less but because of work – boo :( that salad looks good but I would tweak the dressing as I am not a cilantro fan.

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  5. this sounds so good! this vinaigrette sounds similar to what i make, so i know it’s good. :) and i agree… a good busy is always welcomed, when it’s fun :)

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  6. oh my gosh that looks so delicious! that dressing sounds so yummy!

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  7. Both salad and marinade scream summer my friend :D
    And the name is so catchy!
    Delicious delicious delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  8. Yes, that is the best kind of busy! Glad you are enjoying your summer! I soooo love fresh summer corn…. I could seriously eat it every night. This is definitely a keeper! Adding this to my menu plan soon and very soon.

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  9. I am so making this. I love the sounds of that dressing. What a great summer salad/meal.

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  10. The salad is definitely one I want to try. I love fresh corn but we always grill it. This looks even easier for a super hot day.

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  11. It’s nice to get new ideas on preparing corn. This recipe sounds amazing. I mean really, how can you go wrong with sweet corn, cotija cheese and cilantro lime vinaigrette! You officially making me hungry!

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