When fresh corn on the cob hits the produce stands I always enjoy pan roasting or grilling the kernels or cobs. The flavor is just so intense especially when sprinkled with smoked paprika and infused with the heat of a poblano pepper. Toss in a little cilantro and lime and you have a simple yet flavor packed side dish, hot or cold. This year I decided to step it up for a block party I was hosting! I added crispy bacon, crunchy sweet red pepper and maple lime vinaigrette. Oh my, I just wanted to lap up the tantalizing roasted corn and poblano salad. I would have but the neighbors were watching and piling their plates with this inviting corn salad that is made with basic friendly ingredients.
pure maple syrup
fresh lime zest
ears fresh white or yellow corn, shucked
medium poblano pepper, chop in ½-inch pieces, seeds removed
In a small bowl, whisk maple syrup, lime juice, lime zest, and hot sauce until well mixed. Set aside.
Heat a large (11-inch or bigger) high walled skillet on medium-high for 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, heat, and sprinkle with corn kernels and poblano pieces, paprika, garlic salt, lemon pepper, and cumin. Stir corn and poblanos every 2-minutes until corn is slightly roasted and brown, about 6-minutes total. Pour roasted corn and poblanos into a large salad bowl.
Meanwhile, in a separate skillet or wait and use the same skillet over medium heat, cook bacon about 3 minutes or until limp. Add onion; cook 4-5 minutes longer or until bacon is browned, stirring occasionally. Add bacon and onions (I included the bacon fat), sweet red peppers, and cilantro to the corn mixture; stir well. Pour maple lime vinaigrette over roasted corn salad and mix well. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Optional: Line salad bowl with lettuce leaves.