Improv Challenge: Smoky Corn Salad


Corn and butter. Butter and corn. There's got to be a couple hundred different recipes you can make with those two ingredients when you expand your mind past just frozen corn or corn on the cob and include things like cornmeal or butter flavoring. The possibilities are endless. Which is why I had such a hard time coming up with what to make for this Improv Challenge.

Never heard of the Improv Challenge? Blasphemy! To find out more about it, click on Kristen's blog, Frugal Antics of Harried Homemaker.  And then join in on the fun next month when we tomatoes and peppers as our ingredients. Please?

No lie, I immediately thought of about 10 different recipes I could make with these two ingredients. I seriously debated on making corn ice cream but my ice cream maker was otherwise engaged so I had to choose something else. Don't worry though, if you're interested in corn ice cream I promise I'm going to make it soon!

Corn salads are one of my favorite things to make in the summer. They pair so nicely with everything and are usually so quick to whip together that its the perfect warm or cold salad to serve with dinner to bring to a cookout!

Smoky Corn Salad
Source: Taste of Home, June/July 2012
Servings: 6
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5 ears of corn, shucked
1 red pepper, diced
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
1. Slice the kernels off the ears of corn.
2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the corn and red pepper and cook for 8-10 minutes or until soft.
3. Transfer to a large bowl, squeeze lime juice the corn and peppers. Sprinkle with salt and chipotle chili powder. Add chopped cilantro. Toss to coat.
4. Serve warm or chilled.

This is one of those side dishes that I wouldn't need to share with anyone and could just eat up the whole bowl myself. Believe me, I thought about it. The chili powder provides the smoky flavor and pairs really nicely with the natural sweetness or the corn and pepper. I highly recommend you make this right away!


  1. Yum - that salad looks delicious, and quick and easy too. I'll bet some grilled shrimp in there would make this a great main dish (I'm all about the one dish meals). Definitely will try.

  2. Another corn salad! I like the smoky and cilantro idea.

  3. Now that is one great looking salad. This month's challenge is already inspiring me to cook more corn!

  4. Chipotlé! My absolute favorite spice these days... Your salad looks quite yummy!

  5. Love the smoky aspect - I'm going to try your recipe and kick in some smoked paprika too - my latest spice obsession!

  6. Love your salad! It is very colourful and I love the smoky flavour added by the chipotle chili powder. (I also made a salad for the Improv Challenge!)

  7. I have never thought of lime juice with corn and it makes so much sense. I have to try this on a corn dish. I like all your other flavors too.

  8. Oh I love the spiciness of this salad! I thought of making corn ice, too! So I look forward to the day that you post that! : )

  9. This corn salad sounds so delicious! Love the chipotle chili powder. Yum!

  10. I too had difficulty getting my mind past just and ear or kernels slathered with butter but I see we both prevailed. You corn salad sounds wonderful, a perfect summer salad.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Fritos Crusted Pollock.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  11. What a great corn salad! Love the chipotle!

  12. I make so many versions of corn salad during the summer...and yours will now be on my list to try! It looks amazing!!!!

  13. Another great way to use up some corn...isn't this fun? I love how easy this is to make!


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