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Grilled Corn Salad

What an exciting weekend!  I’m back from  San Francisco.   I went for a class on food styling and tips on food photography.   It was really fun and very interesting.   Joy Wilson from Joy the Baker sand Tracy from Shutterbean were the teachers.   They were full of ideas and great information.  Now the trick is to put it to good use.   Tracy and Joy prepared two recipes, and we got to style and shoot using our new props and tips.  Here are some oat bars, and my best shot of the day.

Walnut Oat Bars

My homework from class!


It’s been awhile since I was in San Francisco.  What a gorgeous city!    The hotel’s driver/maintenance man invited Gary and I to the roof top to see the view on our last morning there.   Amazing!

Here’s my postcard to all of you!

Golden Gate Bridge

Greetings from the Roof top!

Upon arrving home, I found our CSA box brimming with lots of fresh vegetables.   I wanted to make something crunchy, tasty and cool.  My version of a grilled corn salad – minus the grill.

The best part about this recipe is that you can use anything you like and leave out the things you don’t like.   I had little baby eggplants, zucchini, red onion, cherry tomatoes and fresh sweet corn.

summer vegetables

Beautiful Fox Line City Farm produce!

To start, shuck the corn and carefully slice off the cob.  Then,heat a grill pan or skillet and place the corn in a single layer ith just a little olive oil.  I used about 2 1/2 cups of corn and about 2 tsp. oil.  Let the pan get hot, really hot.  The corn will sizzle and snap.  Get it quick stir and your should see searing on the corn.  Move to corn to a heat proof bowl.  Add eggplant (I didn’t peel mine), and zucchini to the pan and saute for 3-4 minutes, just to heat through.  Add these vegetables to the corn and toss.


grilled corn

Grilled corn, zucchini and eggplant, ready for the spices!


Now for the fun part.   Add other chopped vegetables, feta, black bean, cilantro/parsley… anything you like.

My salad included parsley, red onion, cilantro and a small piece of feta I had left over from another meal.

To finish the salad, mix in 1 T lime juice or vinegar, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder.

You can eat the salad warm, or cover, chill and enjoylater.   This salad is great with any grilled meat, or by itself for a light supper.

Happy Summer!




2 Responses

  1. Susan, your photos are just so lovely! You captured the corn really well, and with perfect light. It was such a pleasure to meet you on Saturday and I’m excited to follow your blog. Us bloggy ladies gotta stick together. xo, Becca

    • Susan says:

      It was really nice meeting you too! I was just at your blog reading about the cleanse. I’m a huge goop fan! Please keep in touch, we do all need to stick together!

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