Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ina's refreshing corn salad

I absolutely love Ina Garten's recipes. Her dishes are elegant and simple and she knows how to pair flavors together to make an unforgettable dish. This fresh corn salad is a must try for the summer. It is so refreshing and the fresh basil pairs wonderfully with the corn. I substituted lemon juice for the vinegar because my husband has a huge aversion to vinegar. The lemon juice worked well to give it the acidity but I'm sure the vinegar would be even better. You will not be disappointed with this easy, delicious recipe.

Fresh Corn Salad
5 ears of corn shucked
1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup julienned fresh basil leaves
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the corn for 3 minutes until the starchiness is just gone. Drain and immerse it in ice water to stop the cooking and to set the color. When the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.

Toss the kernels in a large bowl with the red onions, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.

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