Whenever I cook corn for my family, I cut off the tips, the better to fit the ears into my soup kettle. I always find myself nibbling the sweet kernels from those tips and wondering how else these little nubbins could be used. So when Amanda and Merrill announced the competition for best uncooked dish, I decided to try for a crunchy, chunky salad starring uncooked corn that would be colorful and satisfying. Here is the result. You could replace the shallots with some minced chives or scallions. This salad could replace cole slaw or potato salad as a side dish for a hefty sandwich. - creamtea —creamtea
Test Kitchen Notes
Creamtea's thoughtfully composed corn salad has none of the rough edges a raw salad often brings. The dressing, tangy with buttermilk and yogurt, envelops the crunchy corn, peppers and cucumbers in a silky cloak. We love the hit of herbs (dill and parsley) and the zip of onion and garlic in the dressing; the creamy crumbles of salty feta are a perfect counterpoint to the sweet corn and peppers. - A&M —The Editors
Dilled, Crunchy Sweet Corn Salad With Buttermilk Dressing
6 as a side dish
For the salad:
clove shallot, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
ears of fresh, uncooked corn, the kernels scraped from the cobs with a sharp knife (about 2 3/4 cup)
Persian cucumbers, quartered lengthwise and sliced crosswise into 1/2 inch dice
long red sweet pepper, seeded, ribs removed and diced
small handfull fresh dill (about 4 smallish sprigs), minced
minced fresh parsley
crumbled Feta cheese, rinsed, as a garnish
For the dressing:
plain European style thin yogurt, stirred
minced Vidalia or other sweet onion
small clove garlic, minced and mashed with a pinch of salt
extra-virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
In This Recipe
Salt the shallot slices in 1/2 t. salt and allow to sit about 20 minutes to draw out any harshness. Rinse well with water and pat dry with a paper towel.
In a large bowl toss the corn kernels lightly to separate them, add the shallot and the remaining salad ingredients and toss again to combine.
In a smaller bowl combine the buttermilk, vinegar, onion, yogurt, and garlic and whisk to combine. Add the oil in a slow stream, whisking, until amalgamated. Season with freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.
Serve the salad slightly chilled, garnished with the feta cheese. Pass the dressing separately.