One of the things I love most during the Spring, and all the way through to the Fall (don’t get me started on Hot Cider and all things Pumpkin), are all the wonderful Farm Stands and Farmers Markets that pop up just about everywhere near me…
Truly nothing can ever beat the flavor and freshness of your locally produced fruits and vegetables; by buying local you support the towns and neighborhood farmers around you which is, definitely, always a plus…
That’s not to say you can’t ever get something from a larger store of course, sometimes you just need a specialty item you can’t get anywhere else….
For today I decided to play around with one of my favorite summer and fall veggies; that being roasted Corn on the Cob, just the smell is enough to make my mouth water—dip it in melted butter and I’m done for….
But what do you do when you have eaten your fill of that sweet summer corn, again and again, at every farm stand from here to eternity…
Well, if you’re me, you throw together a beautiful and tasty “Summer Salad” of roasted Vegetables of course…..
Now, you can throw this together as quickly and easily as you like-it all depends on how much work you’d like to do and personal taste as well….
To start you’ll need some fresh Vegetables; a large zucchini, a couple of big carrots, two small red onions, a handful of flat leaf parsley, a small red bell pepper or a couple of grape heirloom tomatoes for color and of course the highlight veggie of this dish—the roasted Corn (Yum)…..
Next it’s time to decide whether you want everything grilled or oven roasted, and to what degree. I bought roasted and buttered corn from my favorite farm stand; then flame roasted my onions, pepper, and carrots—the zucchini I kept raw….
Finally I went to town with one of my trusty Shun knives and a vegetable peeler; making ribbons of zucchini and carrots, slicing onions and peppers, and removing all of that delicious corn from the cob….
Tossed everything with handfuls of fresh flat leaf parsley, Champagne Vinaigrette, and then topped it all with some Bulgarian Feta Cheese. (oh boy, I could go on and on about the differences between Bulgarian, French, Greek or Domestic Feta without even getting into whether it’s Sheep or Goats milk—just trust me there is a definite difference in flavor and it’s worth doing a little taste testing research, especially if you might have written off feta in the past)
This ends up as a wonderful sweet, roasty and slightly tangy salad made with all the yummy goodness of the roasted veggies with light and smooth tanginess of the cheese and vinaigrette…
Another way to keep on enjoying that summer corn, and so "Definitely Delish"
"Roasted Corn Salad"
2-3 Sweet Corn on the Cob
2 large Carrots
2 small Red Onions
1 large Zucchini
2 mini Red Bell Peppers (or grape tomatoes for color)
1 bunch of Flat Leaf Parsley
1/4-1/2 cup Feta Cheese (or favorite alternative)
White Balsamic, White Wine or Champagne Vinaigrette dressing
1. Either buy pre-roasted farm fresh corn and set aside till ready, or soak fresh corn in water for fifteen minutes. Pre-heat grill or oven to 400 degrees and cook for a couple of minutes on each side, turning to roast corn evenly. Set on indirect heat/flame and cover, cooking 15 minutes more- then wrap in foil till ready to use...
2. For the Carrots, cook for 15 to 25 minutes until at desired tenderness—turning often (You may like it crisper or even more roasted then me)
3. If not cooking the zucchini, use a vegetable peeler and make ribbons of zucchini-setting aside till ready...
4. For the Red Onion; slice one end, then cut into wedges leaving other end attached to keep
onion together. Place onion on grill or in oven and cook until onion softens and edges brown—about 15 minutes or more. If using a red pepper, place over heat and cook 15 to 20 minutes until skin loosens and starts to brown, and soften...
5. Tear stems from parsley and toss several handfuls with the zucchini ribbons. Make ribbons or thinly slice carrot when cool enough to touch and toss with zucchini...
6. Then, cut other end of onion and break apart, mixing it with rest of the vegetables. Slice pepper and toss in. Using a good knife, remove corn from cob-keeping some in bigger chunks, and finally toss with desired amount of dressing and top with crumbled feta cheese...
7. Serve and Enjoy!