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Bursting Blueberry Corn Salad

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Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with our refreshing Blueberry Corn Salad, a vibrant medley of sweet corn, juicy blueberries, and tangy feta cheese. This delightful dish is perfect for summer gatherings, picnics, or as a light and flavorful side dish any day of the week. Let’s dive into the recipe and discover the perfect balance of flavors and textures that make this salad a true crowd-pleaser!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 medium ears sweet corn (or 6 cups/48 oz frozen corn, thawed)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Corn: If using fresh corn, shuck the ears of corn and remove the kernels from the cob using a sharp knife. If using frozen corn, thaw it according to package instructions.
  2. Cook the Corn: In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the corn kernels and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are tender and slightly charred, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, minced chives, lemon zest, salt, and black pepper until well combined.
  4. Assemble the Salad: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked corn, fresh blueberries, and crumbled feta cheese. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle additional minced chives over the top of the salad for garnish. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cook’s Notes:

  • For added flavor, you can grill the corn instead of sautéing it. Simply brush the shucked ears of corn with olive oil and grill over medium heat until charred, then remove the kernels from the cob.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice and zest to suit your taste preferences. You can also substitute lime juice and zest for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • If you prefer a creamier dressing, you can add a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream to the dressing mixture.

Variations:

  • Herbaceous Twist: Add chopped fresh basil or cilantro to the salad for an extra burst of herbaceous flavor.
  • Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle toasted pine nuts or chopped almonds over the salad for added texture and nuttiness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. Can I use frozen blueberries instead of fresh? While fresh blueberries are recommended for their firm texture and juicy sweetness, you can use frozen blueberries if fresh ones are not available. Just be sure to thaw and drain them before adding them to the salad.

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2. How long will the salad keep in the refrigerator? This salad is best enjoyed fresh but will keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. However, the texture of the blueberries and corn may change slightly upon storage.

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3. Can I make the salad ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the salad ingredients and dressing ahead of time, but it’s best to wait until just before serving to combine them to maintain optimal freshness and texture.

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4. Can I omit the feta cheese for a dairy-free option? Absolutely! Feel free to omit the feta cheese if you prefer a dairy-free version of the salad. The salad will still be delicious and flavorful without it.

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5. Can I use other types of cheese instead of feta? Certainly! Crumbled goat cheese or shredded Parmesan cheese would both complement the flavors of the salad nicely.

Elevate your summer dining experience with our tantalizing Blueberry Corn Salad, a harmonious blend of sweet and savory flavors that will delight your palate with every bite. Whether enjoyed as a side dish or a light meal on its own, this refreshing salad is sure to brighten up any occasion. With its vibrant colors and fresh ingredients, it’s a celebration of summer’s bounty in every spoonful. So gather your ingredients and prepare to savor the taste of summer with this irresistible salad creation!

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