Salad with Corn Recipe – I will openly admit cabbage is not exactly my most favorite vegetable. But grilled cabbage is another thing altogether. Even if cabbage is not your thing, I can say with a good degree of certainty that you will love this Salad with Corn Recipe on top of a bed of grilled cabbage.
Grilled cabbage is one of those foods that you simply just can’t “knock until you try it”. Also, it’s incredibly healthy for you, so really…what do you have to lose? Keep reading to learn how to make this Salad with Corn Recipe!
Salad with Corn Recipe
This Salad with Corn Recipe is full of all of the flavors of summer. Loaded with grilled corn, fresh tomatoes, and mint, this salad is so refreshing and tasty! This really is one of those salads that you can serve up to the entire family, with pretty good confidence that everyone will enjoy, even the kids!
And while you’re welcome to prepare this salad however you prefer, we have a few tips that in our opinion, while extra work, really make the dish what it is. Implement these extra steps, and you can expect a HUGE punch of flavor!
How to Make the BEST Salad
Here are our tips for optimizing flavor, and giving this salad the BEST flavor possible!
Don’t Skip the Grill
While it would be easy to dump a can of corn on top of your salad, and simply sauté the cabbage in a pan, we greatly urge you to NOT skip the grill. Preparing the corn (in the husks) and cabbage on a grill just add that summery and smokey flavor that we all know and love. Don’t skip out on the grill, and we promise, the extra time will be worth it!
Enjoy the Homemade Dressing
We’ve all been trained to believe that salad is “fattening” and unhealthy. And the truth is, this is somewhat true. Most store-bought dressings are very unhealthy (although there are definitely exceptions). That’s why we like making our dressings homemade! We can control exactly what goes into them, and don’t feel like we have to skimp on our serving.
For this recipe, we chose to make a Creamy Thai Dressing, which we think is the perfect compliment for this Salad with Corn Recipe. Filled with healthy fats and the perfect amount of spice, this dressing enhances the flavor of the dish, without the empty calories!
While I like to spruce this salad up with an exotic Thai dressing and lots of cilantro and mint, feel free to omit the herbs and season with just a bit of all-natural BBQ sauce if serving to the kids. I know the BBQ sauce suggestion might sounds a little strange but it goes really well with the mild-tasting grilled cabbage.
Use Fresh Herbs
It’s easy to grab for dried mint and cilantro, but this will most definitely compromise the fresh flavor of this recipe. Take time to wait until you have fresh mint and cilantro on hand, and we promise, it will pay off!
Benefits of Cabbage
Adding cabbage to your weekly vegetable rotation is a great way to start boosting vegetable variety.
Also, just a tidbit of cabbage trivia….did you know one cup of cabbage contains 250 milligrams of potassium and 83 micrograms of folate? Cabbage also packs a calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, beta-carotene and lutein punch. Some nutrition researchers even consider the cabbage family to potentially be one of the most important cancer-fighting vegetables as it contains a number of different powerful anti-aging phytonutrients, including indole-3 carbinol and sulforaphane.
However, you need to prepare cabbage properly in order to reap all of its nutrition benefits. While some vegetables (such as tomatoes) are actually healthier when cooked, cabbage is an exception. When you prepare cabbage it is best to either eat it raw or cook it on the firm side, which is why stir-frying, lightly steaming or grilling is better than boiling (note: if you grill cabbage just be sure to put it on foil to avoid carcinogenic charring.) Research has also shown over-cooking cabbage can reduce approximately half of its nutrients. So either eat your cabbage raw or cook it lightly and leave it a bit firm.
Looking to venture into some more cabbage recipes? Here are some of our current favorites!
Chopped Cabbage as Salad: Chopped Cabbage as Salad is the perfect crunchy summer salad. This recipe for Cabbage as Salad is a little tangy, a little sweet and savory.
Recipe for Stuffed Cabbage Rolls: Recipe for Stuffed Cabbage Rolls get a clean eating makeover with a boost in flavor and nutrition. Pastured beef and loaded with vegetables.
Cabbage Slaw for Fish Tacos: Cabbage Slaw for Fish Tacos is so tangy, citrusy and delicious. You’re going to want to make grilled or fried fish tacos to go with it!
Ok, on with the chopped cabbage salad recipe…Print
Salad with Corn Recipe
Even if cabbage is not your thing, you will love this Salad with Corn Recipe on top of a bed of grilled cabbage.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 4–6 servings 1x
- Category: Salad
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: Asian
- Diet: Gluten Free
Salad with Corn Recipe
- 6 ears fresh corn (in the husks)
- 1 head of cabbage, cored and cut into 8 wedges
- Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- Unrefined sea salt, to taste
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half length-wise
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ½ cup chopped fresh mint
- Namu Shoyu (or good coconut aminos), for drizzling
Creamy Thai Dressing
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- ¼ cup raw cashews
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
- 1 teaspoon red curry paste
Salad with Corn Recipe
- Heat a grill to medium-high.
- Peel away the outer husks on the corn but don’t remove the husks. Discard the inner silky threads then wrap the outer husk back around the ear. Soak the ears in water for about 10 minutes.
- Lightly drizzle the cabbage all over with oil (or use a non-aerosol oil spray spritzer to spritz.) Season cabbage lightly with salt. Place each cabbage wedge on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place the cabbage and the corn on the grill. Grill corn for about 15 minutes, or until desired doneness. Grill cabbage at the same time as the corn, for about 30 minutes, or until desired doneness.
- Remove the corn kernels with a sharp knife. Transfer corn kernels to a large salad bowl. Roughly chop the grilled cabbage and add the cabbage to the bowl with the corn.
- Add the cherry tomatoes and gently toss to coat.
- Sprinkle in the cilantro and mint and gently toss to coat. Drizzle with Namu Shoyu or coconut aminos and serve.
Creamy Thai Dressing *See Notes
- Place all ingredients in a mini food processor and pulse until creamy and well blended.
- Add the Creamy Thai Dressing to taste (you most likely will have leftovers.)
Note: Thai Dressing can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in a covered container in the fridge.
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