Weekly Recipes

Seared Corn Salad

Seared Corn and Avocado Salad

Seared Corn Salad is a robust combination of fresh seared corn, tomatoes, avocados, and green onions, anda spicy Southwestern dressing that makes a wonderful side for any picnic or cookout.

I ate this one for dinner last night – yep, it was my whole dinner. It’s very satisfying and certainly can be a whole meal; with avocados and corn it probably has enough calories. I made this version just a bit spicy – you can always add more chiles if you want it really hot.

This is very easy to make, and since we’re in the height of corn season, it’s a great way to use all that fresh corn. This is also an ideal recipe to experiment with – maybe add different vegetables like celery, pimentos, bell pepper, etc. I noted black olives are optional – actually, I didn’t think of them until after I made and photographed this. The olive are a natural for this, so I’ll definitely add them next time.

I think it’s addictive. Hope you like it!

Seared Corn Salad
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 8 ears corn, husked
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp New Mexico or ancho chile powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp 505 diced green chiles (medium hot to hot)
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lime, for garnish
  • optional: black olive slices or pieces
  1. Cut the kernels off the ears of corn.
  2. Pour the oil into a large skillet, stir int the garlic and cook for 1minute at medium high heat.
  3. Add the corn and sear, stirring frequently, until browned around the edges, 5-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a small bowl, blend mayonnaise, chile powder, garlic powder, cumin, and green chiles.
  5. Pour corn into a large bowl, then stir in the dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Stir in tomatoes, avocado, and green onions. Add black olives if you wish.
  7. Garnish with lime slices, serve, and enjoy!


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