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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

An Excellent Accompaniment

I think side dishes often get overlooked.

We focus on our main dishes, and then run out of time when it comes time for put out the side dishes.

Or we don't want anything to overshadow our main dish (the one we've slaved over and spent so much time planning) so we add a can of corn and some white rice.

(Well, maybe it is just me.)

As it turns out, the right side dishes can be both simple to make, and compliment your main dishes.  Take this Fresh Corn Salad for example.


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 ears), raw or cooked
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta (2 ounces)


  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool and roughly chop.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the corn, jalape├▒os, lime juice, oil, walnuts, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle with the Feta before serving.

When cutting corn off the cob, place your cutting board in a rimmed baking sheet to catch flying kernels and juices.

This was so good, I could have it every night!  I love the combination of sweet and salty and spicy.  What is your favorite side dish?

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