Quinoa Salad with Grilled Corn

July 31, 2011
3 Ratings
  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Makes 8 to 10 ample portions
Author Notes

We have corn in some form or other almost every day of the corn season. Quinoa salads are another summer staple - it's great to add whatever is available at the greenmarket. Combining grilled corn to a quinoa salad adds body, crunch and another great layer of flavor to a dish that is simple to prepare but loaded with great tastes. Fresh mint adds a bright and refreshing flavor. I prepare this salad the day after we have grilled corn on the cob, making sure we prepare extra ears for this or other recipes. But please note that fresh corn off the cob also works very well, as long as the corn is sweet and fresh. So if you choose, try fresh corn as well. You can also buy frozen charred corn or canned corn at Trader Joe's and use either of those as winter replacements. —Bevi

What You'll Need
  • For the Grilled Corn
  • 2 or 3 ears Corn on the cob, or 2.5 cups canned or frozen corn
  • Olive oil - enough to brush corn prior to grilling
  • Salt and Pepper to season corn
  • Quinoa Salad
  • 2 cups Quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 cups Water
  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1/2 Large Vidalia onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 Large Zucchini
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Fresh lemon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Small Kirby cucumbers or other larger cukes, deseeded
  • 1/2 cup Large raisins (I like Trader Joe's mixed raisins)
  • 1 cup Sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
  • 3 ounces Crumbled feta cheese
  • Prepared corn
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Olive oil - 3 times the amount of lemon juice
  1. For the Grilled Corn
  2. Rub the husked corn with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place on outdoor grill and turn until some of the kernels are a little blackened.
  4. With a sharp knife, remove the kernels from the cobs. Be sure to then use the dull side of the knife blade to scrape off the "milk". Place in a medium sized bowl.
  5. NB - Alternately, drained canned corn; or steam the frozen charred corn to make 2 cups. Proceed with the Quinoa Salad part of the recipe.
  1. Quinoa Salad
  2. Prepare the quinoa. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil to a 3 quart saucepan, and add the quinoa. Saute until the quinoa emits a nutty aroma. I use a ratio of 2 cups quinoa to 3 cups water when I make this dish. Add the water to the quinoa, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat and cover the pot. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, take off the heat, and let sit while you prepare the vegetables.
  3. In a large saute pan or Lodge, add the chopped onion to the olive oil and cook over medium low heat. While the onion is cooking, quarter the zucchini lengthwise, pare out most of the seeds, and roughly chop. Add to the onions.
  4. Add the fresh lemon thyme, and continue to saute. After a few minutes, add a little salt and pepper. While this mixture is sauteing, quarter the cucumbers lengthwise, and chop roughly.
  5. When the onion and zucchini mixture is golden with just a little browning, add the cucumbers. Saute the cukes only briefly - you want to retain the crunch of the cukes. Remove from the heat. Add the toasted almonds and the raisins, and stir thoroughly. Taste for seasoning with salt and pepper.
  6. Prepare the lemon vinaigrette. Juice the lemon into a wide drinking glass. Add some salt and pepper, and then add 3 times as much olive oil as you have lemon juice. Pour the olive oil right on top of the lemon juice to eyeball the amount. Mix thoroughly with a wisk or fork until the vinaigrette is emulsified.
  7. In a large bowl, add the quinoa, sauteed vegetable, nut and raisin mixture, and the corn. Pour the vinaigrette over the contents, and carefully incorporate the ingredients. Note: Pour the vinaigrette in stages - mix - and adjust the amount to suit your taste.
  8. Add the feta cheese and mix again. Then, add the chopped mint. Mix, taste, and adjust as suits you. Place the quinoa salad in the refrigerator as it is best served cool.

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Recipe by: Bevi

Cooking is an important part of my past. I grew up and worked on our family resort. These days, I cook good food to please my friends and family.

15 Reviews

walkie74 April 2, 2013
I blackened my frozen corn on the cob in a cast iron skillet, used asparagus and parm instead of zucchini, cucumbers and feta, and I may have made a touch too much dressing. Oops. But it still tastes really good. I'm bringing it for a school potluck tomorrow--hope my students like it!
Bevi April 3, 2013
Your version sounds delicious, walkie74! I will adjust the recipe to reflect your experience with the dressing. Thanks for trying this!
boulangere February 26, 2013
How did this gem get past me?!
Bevi February 27, 2013
I am glad you bumped into it!
wssmom July 1, 2012
II'd love to try this soon (only we never seem to have any "leftover" corn hahaha);
Bevi July 2, 2012
Yeah I finally got it that we had to grill much more corn than we could ever eat in one sitting!
lapadia June 29, 2012
Love this! Will be a couple months before we have corn in the garden, saved.
Bevi June 29, 2012
Fresh corn from your garden? I'm totally jealous!
lapadia July 2, 2012
Right now the corn is about 1-inch tall!
boulangere June 26, 2012
Absolutely love it. Quinoa + corn = delish!
Bevi June 26, 2012
Thanks B! It's a regular at our table.
lorigoldsby August 1, 2011
Yum...sounds like an interesting twist on tabouli with quinoa instead of bulghur wheat.
Bevi August 1, 2011
I hope you try it - the corn adds a nice note.
GiGi26 July 31, 2011
I just bought some quinoa today. I will be making this later this week It sounds fantastic!
Bevi July 31, 2011
Thanks, GiGi26!