Tuesday, August 16, 2011

don't you think it is time for corn & watermelon salad?


sometimes the phrase "perfect timing" is actually appropriate.  it is corn week at summerfest and guess what showed up in this week's csa box?  yes, corn...lovely, beautiful corn on the cob.  i have been waiting and waiting for local corn...summer has been cooler than usual this year...and everything i want...tomatoes, corn, peppers (hot), melon, etc has been late.  when these items are finally ready i plan to eat them daily and not fuss around too much with the preparation.  what could be better than simple grilled corn on the cob topped with butter or extra virgin olive oil and different seasonings?  the first year of summerfest, 2008, i listed 8 different options in my post what do you do with fresh corn?  i also shared the recipe for a very unusual sounding but delicious, chocolate corn cake.  (trust me it is really, really good)

as much as i love corn, i find i only eat it in season. canned corn just does not do it for me.  freshly picked corn quickly shucked and frozen is ok in a pinch...i use it in soups and casseroles...and i think out of season corn, shipped from halfway around the world, is just a waste of time and money.  this leaves me with august and september as prime corn eating months.  happily corn is good for you, full of nutrients, a good source of fiber and is low in calories.  don't you love it when food is delicious and healthy?  whfoods.org posted their nutritional profile for corn and said:

Antioxidant phytonutrients are provided by all varieties of corn. The exact phytonutrient combination, however, depends on the variety itself. Yellow corn is richer in carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. Blue corn has unique concentrations of anthocyanins. Purple corn provides unusual amounts of the hydroxybenzoic acid called protocatechuic acid. Ferulic acid, beta-carotene, vanillic acid, coumaric acid, caffeic acid, and syringic acid are other key phytonutrients provided by corn. Corn is a good source of energy-producing vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and phosphorus; heart-healthy folate and dietary fiber; and free radical-scavenging vitamin C and manganese.



hudson ranch corn



hudson ranch csa members party
in addition to corn,  local melons are starting to ripen ...especially the lovely little individual sized "personal" watermelons. i think they are perfect for small families like mine because they average only  two to five pounds.  they have a thinner rind, firmer flesh and are sweeter than their bigger brothers.  so i buy regular size when hosting parties...and "personal" when it is just us. 

i love watermelon salads...and i love corn salads...what could be better than combining the two to make a delicious, refreshing, cool and a bit spicy salad?  this recipe depends on using the freshest, best quality, organic and/or sustainably grown, local produce. you really will notice a difference in taste.   the watermelon juice combines with lime for an oil-free dressing.  jalapeño adds a bit of heat.  feta provides protein and saltiness to balance the sweetness of the melon and corn.   the measurements are  guidelines...adjust to suit your palate. and feel free to substitute the mint for other herbs...basil is nice as is thyme, italian parsley or oregano.  cilantro works really well with the jalapeno...be creative!

we had fresh homemade tamales (homemade, but not by me...on my list of things to learn to make), green chile and refried beans for dinner last night.  the corn & watermelon salad was the perfect accompaniment.  what would you serve it with?

corn & watermelon salad
1 small "personal" size watermelon (or half a regular one)
2 ears corn on the cob, grilled and cut off cob
1-2 jalapeños, minced (start with one.  add the second if you want it very spicy)
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1 lime
2 tablespoons mint, chiffonade
grey salt

seed the watermelon and cut into bite sized cubes. (or, if you want to be fancy, use a melon baller.) add to a large bowl.  add the corn, jalapeño and feta cheese. gently stir to combine.  zest the lime and add to salad.  juice the lime and pour juice over salad.  add mint and a pinch of salt and stir to combine all ingredients.  taste and adjust salt if needed.

now it is your turn to participate in summer fest. simply leave your corn tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below, and then go visit food network and do the same same. join the conversation on twitter at #cookingwith and be sure to check out the recipes from the other participating bloggers:
 
Dishin and Dishes: Kicked Up Creamed Corn From Scratch
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Fresh Corn Salsa with Basil and Mint
What's Gaby Cooking: Spicy Corn Salsa
CIA Dropout: Truffle Roasted Corn Kohlrabi Soup
Cooking Channel: Fresh Corn Muffins
FN Dish: Southwest Corn Recipes
Daily*Dishin: Sweet Corn and Couscous Main Dish Salad
Pinch My Salt: Peter Reinhart's Fresh Cut Corn Bread with Bacon
Virtually Homemade: Summer Corn Salad
Food2: Creamed Corn Cornbread
Virtually Vegan Mama: Thai Corn Soup
Sunshine and Smile: Scallops with Corn and Pepper Sauce
Spices N Aroma: Corn Pilaf
The Sensitive Epicure: Fresh Corn Fritters with Chive Lemon Chipotle Yogurt (Gluten-Free)
Dixie Chick Cooks: Fresh Corn with Basil Slaw and Feta
Cooking With Books: Corn Favorites
Purple Cook: Corn on the Cob with Cilantro
Glory Foods: Skillet Corn Muffins


best,
diane

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8 comments:

Nicole said...

I love watermelon and feta salads and I'm sure it's even better with the addition of corn!

Vijitha said...

Wow, corn and watermelon together? Must be yum. Will try it with the watermelon I got from farmer's market last week

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

Great combination! Looks delicious!

Jen
http://virtuallyveganmama.com/2011/08/summer-fest-thai-corn-soup.html

Shea Goldstein said...

I have everything on hand to make this! Looks great.

Katie said...

Yum...so jealous of your farm produce...sounds amazing!

kankana said...

guess what .. i have watermelon at home and I have corn at home .. so why not huh! Great idea!

napa farmhouse 1885 said...

thanks nicole! summer corn is so sweet that it marries perfectly with the watermelon...
diane

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