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Corn Salad with Fresh Herbs

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I was trying to come up with a new side dish to my basil-parsley-marinated grilled chicken; something light yet filling that would compliment the flavors in the chicken. GGD suggested that I do something with corn, since it’s so deliciously in season right now. I took her advice and got some inspiration from some food blogs and came up with a corn salad with fresh herbs and tomatoes.

Marinade for Chicken

  • 6 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 TB chopped parsley
  • 2 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 TB lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and put into a sealed plastic bag with chicken. Refrigerate for a minimum of two hours, up to overnight. Grill chicken over high heat for 6 minutes on each side.

Corn with Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs

  • kernels of 1 ear of yellow corn
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 TB chopped thyme
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp butter
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat butter in a skillet over a medium flame. Once melted, add corn and onions and sauté until the onions soften. Add tomatoes and continue to sauté for five minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil, thyme, lime juice, salt and pepper. Taste for seasoning.

The flavors perfectly complimented the marinade of the chicken, but this is a great summer side dish for any protein: steak, pork chops, hamburgers… whatever you fancy! To give it some spice, you can add chopped jalapeño or a dash of paprika.

This is definitely a good pairing with a medium-bodied white wine. A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc would pair nicely because the grassy notes would complement the fresh herbs in the chicken and corn salad. I recommend the classic Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, 2011 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, or 2011 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough. The Dog Point actually has some notes of popcorn kernels on the nose,  with a bright, acidic mouthful – perfection!

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a food and wine lover residing in Napa, California, where she does marketing for a boutique wine collective. She previously lived in San Francisco for over six years, where her blogging journey began. She loves to cook seasonal meals and experiment with new wine pairings. She has been drinking and learning about wine with her father since she was 14, and cooking in the kitchen with her mother since she was 6. Both of her parents taught her well about seasoning and flavors, and she continues to learn more with every meal that is made.

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