Saturday, June 16, 2012

Spicy Grilled Corn Salad with Black beans and Queso Fresco

Bringing a little summer to your table......




Pack it up for easy travel to the nearest potluck or spread the cloth and invite your friends and family for a real taste of summer.


Spicy Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans and Queso Fresco
Serves 6-8 as a side dish
Recipe from Fine Cooking

Ingredients:
3 ears fresh corn, husked
1 medium red onion, cut into disks about 1/3-inch thick
1 large red bell pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small canned chipotle, seeded and minced, plus 1 Tbs. adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
2 Tbs. cider-vinegar
1-15-1/2 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
5-ounces queso-fresco or feta, crumbled (1cup)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano

Directions:
Prepare a medium charcoal or gas grill fire.  Put the corn, onion, and pepper on a large rimmed baking sheet and brush with 2Tbs. of the oil.  Season with 1 tsp. of salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper.  Grill the corn and onion, flipping occasionally, until beginning to brown(the onions should still be a little crunchy), 6 to 10 minutes.  Transfer to a cutting board to cool slightly.  Grill the pepper until charred on all sides, about 12 minutes.  Put the pepper in a bowl, cover and cool slightly.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the remaining 6 Tbs. oil, the chipotle and the adobo sauce, vinegar, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

Coarsely chop the onion and put it in a large bowl.  Cut the corn from the cobs and add to the bowl.  Skin, seed, and coarsely chop the pepper; add to the bowl, along with the beans, cheese, cilantro, and oregano.

Rewhisk the dressing, add it to the corn mixture, and toss well.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. (The salad may be made up to 1 day ahead.  Refrigerate and return to room temperature, adding the fresh herbs just before serving).

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25 comments:

Michelle said...

What an excellent recipe for summer! I love black beans!

rosaria williams said...

What a refreshing twist! I'll have to try this for Father's Day.

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

Definitely going on my menu, looks fantastic!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and colorful looking recipe. Amazing dish.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch) said...

Fabulous! Pined.

MM said...

What a beautiful summer dish.

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

wow beautiful and delicious! looks so wonderful!

Susan said...

Yum! So very California & so very summery! Looks wonderful!

Rambling Tart said...

This looks absolutely fantastic, Velva. :-) It's very difficult to find black beans here in Australia, but perhaps another bean will work just as well. I'll give it a whirl. :-)

Chris said...

This would make an excellent stuffing for a vegetarian quesadilla.

That Girl said...

We've been indulging in a similar salad without the cheese - but I do have the cheese and I'm going to toss some on the leftovers!

Alida said...

Mmmm... looks lovely and a very delicious salad. Definitely a must try one!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

this is a lovely salad - I could live on this type of fresh, healthy and delicious food - great recipe!
Mary x

Barbara said...

Looks delicious! I don't use queso-fresco nearly enough and it's easy to find here too.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Can't wait for all that wonderful summer corn! Looks delicious!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

We're starting to see some fresh, Florida corn at the stores here but can't wait until our Wisconsin corn starts hitting the farmers' markets later this summer. What a great salad to enjoy the freshest summer ingredients. Sounds delicious!

Monet said...

A fresh and flavorful summer salad. This looks like a perfect accompaniment to any meal. Thank you for sharing!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

oh my! i made something similar a few weeks back but I did not add the cheese to mine and i am wishing i had. what a fantastic idea

The Japanese Redneck said...

That screams summer in a bowl.

Lynda said...

This salad sounds perfect for summer! It is really heating up here, so salads like this are wonderful.

Cucina49 said...

Velva, this would be perfect for a summer picnic! The flavors look amazing.

Chef E said...

This is going on my 'to make' list! Yum

Elisabeth said...

Love your corn salad, such a great way to make it, and so perfect for a summer BBQ:D

Catherine said...

Dear Velva, this looks perfect for a summer picnic- light, refreshing and delicious! Perfect combo! Blessings dear one, your friend, Catherine xo

Roz said...

Grilled corn in summer salads is incredible. Just made one a few days ago that I posted and now I've just got to try your version! This summer's corn is especially sweet and tender!

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