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Joe’s Zesty Corn Salad

Joe’s Zesty Corn Salad

Joe’s Corn Salad boasts a colorful combination of corn, green and red bell peppers, onion, and zippy lime juice. You can use frozen corn if the real thing isn’t in season, and it gets thrown together in one bowl with both speed and ease.

It’s named for a friend Joe who is an accomplished cook. This is the most-asked-for recipe in his repertoire, always in demand for cook-outs and gatherings of all kinds. Once you try it, you‘ll see why it’s everybody’s favorite.


8 ears fresh corn (or 6 cups frozen corn)
1 small red onion, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus a few sprigs for garnish (optional)
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lime (approximately 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

1. Boil fresh corn, if using, in boiling salted water for 10 minutes, then remove and plunge into cold water to stop cooking. Cut kernels off cobs. (Alternatively, follow package instructions to cook frozen corn, if using.)

2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well.

3. Chill thoroughly. Before serving, garnish with cilantro sprigs, if using.

Serves 6 – 8.

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By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen, (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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6:17AM PDT on May 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:32AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Yummy. Love this recipe. Thanks.

7:22AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:21AM PDT on May 29, 2010

nom nom nom nom!!!

5:44AM PDT on May 14, 2010

I can't wait for the corn to get in season... Soon :))

11:43PM PST on Jan 24, 2010

sounds delicious. (: i've always liked fresh corn off the cob.

3:44PM PST on Nov 19, 2007

I brought this to a grade school chili dinner fundraiser. I made a double batch and had to use frozen corn, but it was very popular and disappeared to the very last kernel. I liked it too!

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