Summer Fest~ Corn and Serrano Salsa with Lime Cumin Vinaigrette

“Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are” ~  I recently stumbled onto “Summer Fest”, a group of bloggers who are cooking up and chatting about summer vegetables.  I’m always looking for some new inspiration to get my creative juices flowing- so of course I’m in.  Who wouldn’t want to talk about zucchini, corn, and tomatoes? I mean, come on, I live for this stuff. This week it’s corn … nice.  Corn is one of those non-threatening vegetables that plays nicely with everyone… even kids will eat it!   Corn is friends with cayenne, cilantro, and chilies.  It has even been known to hang out with garlic, lime, and onions.  Such an easy going summer pal, it likes to be – boiled, grilled, roasted, or simmered. Whatever way you choose to cook and serve it, summer corn is incredibly fresh and full of flavor … and lucky for us, in peak season.

I knew I wanted to keep the corn as close to raw as possible and buddied up with other summer flavors.  This corn salsa is bursting with crisp sweet corn flavor and the vinaigrette with the lime & cumin add the perfect bright summer zing the corn needs to show off it’s sweetness.  I served this with chips and also piled it on top of blackened salmon tacos.  You could also toss it with crisp romaine for a corn salad. As for  “Summer Fest”?  I’m looking forward to closing out the summer chatting about food and making some new friends. 

Sweet Summer Corn and Serrano Salsa
2 ears sweet white corn – about 2 cups
2 ears yellow corn- about 2 cups
1 cup tomatoes -small dice
1 medium serrano pepper- minced -about 2 teaspoons
1/2 cup red onion- small dice
1/4 cup cilantro- finely chopped
1/2 cup lime cumin vinaigrette
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch black pepper

Remove husks and silk from corn- place into an microwave safe dish and add in 1/4 cup of water
Seal dish with plastic wrap and microwave for 4-6 minutes until tender but still crisp
While warm brush corn with lime vinaigrette and place onto a hot grill for 2-3 minutes to lightly color
Once cooled remove corn with a sharp knife
In a medium bowl combine corn, tomatoes, Serrano pepper, onion, and cilantro
Mix well with 1/2 cup of vinaigrette and adjust seasoning
Serve at room temperature

Lime Cumin Vinaigrette
Zest of 4 limes
Juice of 4 limes -about 1/4-1/2 cup
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 clove of garlic-minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

In a jar combine all ingredients and shake well

Other Summer Fest Attendees Celebrating Corn:

The FN Dish: Creamed Corn-Off: Battle of the Southern Cooks

Alison at Food2: Freezing Corn

Toby at Healthy Eats: Candied Corn and 4 other recipes

Michelle at Cooking Channel: Browsing Corn Porn

Judy at Over a Tuscan Stove: Fried Polenta Crostini with Porcini Ragu

Jennifer of Gilded Fork: Corn: Sweet Versatility (history, uses & recipes from cocktails to cornbread

Chef Mark: Gettin’ Corny! (Musings from childhood, tips & fresh-corn recipes)

Caron of San Diego Foodstuff: Chino Corn Risotto with Chanterelles and Burrata

Caroline at The Wright Recipes: Pickled Corn with Summer Onion and Basil

White on Rice Couple: BBQ Chicken and Corn Pizza

Shauna at Gluten Free Girl and The Chef: a sweet corn risotto (and how to make corn stock with husks and mirepoix)

Tigress in a Jam: Cream Corn Scones (the perfect way to use up left over roasted or boiled corn):

Alana at Eating from the Ground Up: Corn on the Kabob (invented by her artist husband):

Cate O’Malley at Sweetnicks: Corn and Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps

Kelly at Just a Taste: Caramel Corn (plus pics of corn in its various popping stages)

Paige Orloff of The Sister Project: Life-Changing Corn Pancakes

Tara at Tea and Cookies: Farro Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Herbs

Food Network UK blog: Talking Corn

Pinch My Salt: Creamed Corn with Bacon and Rosemary

How You Can Join in Summer Fest 2010

Have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes? Starting with our posts of Wednesday, July 28, for five Wednesdays, you can contribute in various ways, big or small.

Contribute a whole post, or a comment—whatever you wish. It’s meant to be fun, viral, fluid. No pressure, just delicious. Simply leave your tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below a Summer Fest post on my blog, and then go visit my collaborators and do the same.

The cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. Yes, copy and paste them everywhere! That way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. Everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.

Or think bigger: Publish entire posts of your own, if you wish, and grab the juicy Summer Fest 2010 tomato badge (illustrated by Matt of

Summerfest 2010 Posting Schedule

7/28: Cukes and Zukes
8/4: Corn
8/11: Herbs, Greens, and Beans
8/18: Stone Fruit
8/25: Tomatoes

16 comments… add one
  • Lana August 6, 2010, 7:13 am

    Your photos are just fantastic! And that salsa looks like a winner, assertive, full of flavors, with a borderline hint of spice. Up to my alley!
    Greetings from California.

  • Lana August 6, 2010, 7:34 am

    OK. I posted a comment not realizing that we are neighbors! Where are you? I am in Mission Viejo, transplanted here about two years ago, via Ohio, Michigan, and Serbia.

  • marla {family fresh cooking} August 6, 2010, 12:38 pm

    Louise, I am so excited to see that you are a part of Summer Fest. Your salsa looks amazing! I just posted mine (a salsa as well) I tie in the experience at the OC Fair too….with a few links back to you 🙂

    Here is my Strawberry, Roasted Corn & Avocado Salsa:


  • Cooking with Kait August 6, 2010, 5:08 pm

    Hi Louise, sorry I haven't stopped by in a while. Life has been pretty hectic. You have posted some terrific recipes since my last visit and look so wonderful. I especially love this salsa and it really screams summer. Great job!

  • Priscilla - She's Cookin' August 7, 2010, 5:27 pm

    Hi, Louise! It was great meeting you during "Art of the Tart" and I'd love to participate in Summer Fest. Here's my garden-to-table Corn, Tomato and Purple Pepper salad:

  • Nicole@ The Dirty Oven August 9, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Looks lovely… great photos as always. I am excited to see more of your posts related to Summer Fest! Yum!

  • Mary August 9, 2010, 3:09 pm

    Your salsa sounds amazing and is a perfect summer "go with". It looks wonderful and I'm sure it tastes as good a it looks. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Quit Eating Out August 10, 2010, 2:26 am

    Hi Louise! So glad to "meet" you here. Your blog is beautiful with amazing recipes and pictures. Can't wait to read through more. Summer Fest sounds so great… just made a new green bean recipe over the weekend, so I may have to link up next time. 🙂

  • gibknitty August 10, 2010, 6:31 pm

    hi louise. we have been getting corn from our CSA. boy, do i love corn!! unfortunately i don't have a grill (city livin') but we make do with other great ways to prepare it. your photos are fab!

  • Nadji August 10, 2010, 7:22 pm

    Je découvre ton blog par hasard.
    Les recettes sont intéressantes et les photos magnifiques.
    Bravo, un beau blog.
    Salutations de Paris.
    See soon.

  • Cornflake August 11, 2010, 8:33 am

    This looks so good, perfect for vegetarians too! 🙂

  • Deborah (The Food Psychologist) August 13, 2010, 11:58 pm

    The vinaigrette sounds perfect with this dish! I will definitely try it. And, your photography is always amazing!

  • Poppies and Sunshine August 14, 2010, 3:48 am

    That salsa looks absolutely amazing!

  • Kim (Liv Life) September 5, 2010, 9:51 pm

    Wish I had seen summer fest earlier! Right up my alley. Lovely photos and an amazing recipe. We are hooked on corn this summer, and this will be another wonderful addition to our corn files! Nicely done…

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