Corn on the Cob with Feta and Herbs
Summer without fresh corn is like summer without sunshine. At the start of the summer, I get excited thinking about earthy-sweet and crunchy, hot buttered corn on the cob. If you’re a corn lover like I am, wait until you try these mouth-watering recipes:
- Corn on the Cob with Feta and Herbs
- Coconut-Ginger Corn on the Cob
- Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Butter
These are my very favorite spreads for corn on the cob:
- Salted or unsalted butter, olive or flaxseed oil, garlic butter or Lemon Garlic and Herb Butter
- A blend of olive oil, parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese and garlic (nutritional yeast can be used in place of cheese for a vegan option with a similar flavor)
- Thick and creamy salad dressing such as grilled tomato and tahini or buttermilk ranch
- Traditional pesto, Basil-Spinach Pesto, Pumpkin Seed Pesto or Vegan Pesto
- Softened cream cheese or mashed goat cheese mixed with fresh basil, parsley, chives, green onions, herbs de Provence, salt, pepper and garlic
- Hummus (plain or flavored with roasted garlic, herbs or roasted red peppers)
Black Bean and Roasted Corn Pasta Salad
Corn makes a wonderful addition to a variety of soups, salads, salsas, baked goods, casseroles and more. It’s easy to freeze for later use. Simply blanch shucked corn on the cob for five minutes, and freeze in freezer bags for up to a year. If desired, cut the kernels off the cob before freezing for up to three or four months. Here are some ideas and recipes using fresh or frozen corn kernels:
- Toss into summer soups and chilis such as Chilled Thai Corn Soup, Better For You Corn Chowder, Summer Chicken and Vegetable Soup, and Spicy Corn and Chicken Chili.
- Add to a variety of summer salads such as Backyard Corn Salad, Grilled Corn Salad with Green Beans and Tomatoes, and Grilled Corn, Quinoa and Spinach Salad.
- Stir into pasta salads. Ideas include Black Bean and Roasted Corn Pasta Salad and Roasted Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad.
- Add to guacamole, hummus, bean dip or other favorite spread or dip.
- Corn is a great addition to potato salad. Here’s a great Potato, Corn and Tomato Salad recipe.
- Add to sautéed vegetables and stir-fries.
- Corn in shrimp salad is absolutely delicious. Mexican-style Shrimp, Corn and Red Pepper Sandwiches blend shrimp with tomatoes, lime, jalapeños and cilantro.
- Stir corn kernels to corn bread or corn muffin batter such as these dairy-free, egg-free Whole Wheat Cornbread Muffins.
- Add to your favorite salsa, relish or pico de gallo. Or try Black Bean, Corn and Watermelon Salsa.
- Make Grilled Salmon with Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad for dinner tonight. That’s my plan!
Grilled Salmon with Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad
When shopping, be sure to look for fresh corn with light green husks that cover the entire ear. Gently pull back on the upper part of the husk to examine the first few rows of kernels. They should be fresh, tightly aligned and never browned or mushy.
Got a crazy corn recipe you love? What about a favorite spread for corn on the cob? Let me know.