In this post I share with you a recipe that combines some of summer’s most flavor filled produce. Local strawberries and sun ripened corn have made their way into my fresh salsa.
Before we go any further, I must share a few things with you……
Things have been busy around here. I have lots of fun blog posts lined up for the next few months.
With great new recipes to share and fun events to talk about I need more time in the day to get everything cooked, photographed and posted. I need 5 of me or maybe 10. I love all this busy-ness! Recently I was asked to be a culinary judge for the OC Fair. I have also been enjoying using the summer’s freshest produce for Summer Fest.
With so much on the blog calendar my goal here is to combine the two in this one post. The overly heightened sensory experience of a county fair is gonna accompany the elegance and refinement of fresh summer corn.
The corn that is fresh from your garden or the farmer’s market is quite different from the candy coated or deep fried corn you might find at a Fair.
Though it looks like the vendor above might have had some purist corn on the cob.
When PR from the OC Fair reached out to me they offered a few category options for judging. There were competitions ranging from Retro Baking, to Bacon Bacoff, Art of the Tart and to my pick: the Chili, Wings and Salsa competition.
I arrived with an empty belly and revved up taste buds. I thought I would be eating a bit from each of the three food choices but as it turns out I was able to just judge the salsa.
This made me very happy as my favorite sauce is salsa. I dump it on all my meals. I love how something so simple can add so much flavor & nutrition at one time.
Perched up on a stage, I sampled 20 salsas in front of a super fun crowd. One third were red salsas, one third were green and the rest were sweet, fruit based salsas.
Each salsa was homemade and each very different from one another. They were scored on originality, flavor and appearance. My favorites were a Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato salsa, a Green Avocado salsa and a Strawberry Serrano Chile salsa.
I left satisfied and not too full…..which was very unexpected. I felt great and met lots of nice people. There was a fellow OC blogger named Louise who I be pals with I’m sure!
Inspired by the strawberry fruit salsa I judged, I came up with my own recipe using this weeks Summer Fest fresh pick: Corn.
The creamy avocado mixed with the smoky red onions, roasted corn and heat from the jalapeños are a party in your mouth. Let’s not forget the sweet ruby red strawberries that put a unique twist on traditional salsa.
We enjoyed this salsa by the spoonful & with crisp chips. Next time I make it we will top a big hunk of salmon, halibut or some other flaky fish with it. It would be nice paired with jumbo grilled shrimp too…..
- 1 ear of Corn, husked & cut kernels from cob (about 1 cup of kernels)
- 3/4 cup diced Red Onion
- 1 1/2 cups finely diced Strawberries
- 1/2 to 1 whole Jalapeño Pepper (depends on how spicy you want it)
- Olive Oil
- 1 diced Avocado
- 1 Lemon juiced
- Season to taste with: Chili Powder, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder and Salt
- Feta Cheese or Goat Cheese for topping
- Adjust rack to the middle of your oven. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss corn, onion and jalapeño (keep pepper whole for roasting) in a little bit of olive oil. Arrange corn kernels, red onion and jalapeño on baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until kernels, onion & jalapeño are a bit browned and fragrant. Turn heat to low broil and roast for 2-3 minutes longer until you have a bit more char, be careful not to burn the mixture. Take out of oven and let cool to room temperature.
- Dice the jalapeño into tiny pieces. Gently toss corn, onions, strawberries and avocado with the above spices. Add jalapeno to taste. Start with a small amount, you can always add more later. Top with feta cheese or goat cheese.
Roasted Corn Recipe Links
- Roasted Corn Zucchini Salad Culinary Cory
- BBQ Chicken and Corn Pizza White on Rice Couple
- Creamy Roasted Corn Soup Naturally Ella
- Roasted Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash The Zoe Blog
- Grilled Mahi Mahi with Roasted Corn and Black Beans We Heart Food