Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

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Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Feta is a flavorful dish that makes perfect use of fresh, summery corn on the cob.

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

I know, I know. I just need to come to grips with the fact that it is mid-July. I don’t know why I keep driving by cornfields with this awe and admiration that the corn is so big ALREADY! But, it’s only May, June, ugh July.

We love sweet corn around here. Love it! Now, I don’t know about you but I’m not about to steam or boil any corn. Pots and pans are overrated y’all! Let’s grill it and add some flavor. Plus, it’s so easy to shuck it outside and leave the indoors mess for another day dish.

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

I saw a survey a few weeks ago about the number of people that prefer to eat their corn off the cob versus sliced. The numbers (about 70%) pointed largely to people in favor of eating it right off the cob. Not a fan! I guess braces will do that to a girl, so I slice mine off. Feel free to enjoy this recipe either way! You can’t go wrong.

Attending a summer potluck, picnic, or party? Make this ahead. It couldn’t be easier and it takes about 10 minutes. Plus, it makes great use of local corn if you’re lucky enough to have it like we do.

Light the grill and let it heat up. Once hot, add the shucked corn directly to the grill.

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

Cook for 5-7 minutes, rotating frequently until the kernels are charred to your liking. I like to get them a little charred, but it’s up to you. Did you know you can actually eat corn raw? It’s a new thing, I guess. Don’t be afraid of undercooking it!

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

While the corn is grilling, make the basil vinaigrette. Check out my basil plant!

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

Combine the washed basil leaves, chopped shallot, minced garlic, white wine vinegar, and salt in a small food processor. Pulse until chopped. Then, stream in the olive oil while the processor blends the basil into vinaigrette. I started out making this in my larger food processor bowl, but I ended up switching halfway through. I couldn’t get enough momentum with all that extra space!

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

Once the corn is grilled, you can either slice it off the cob or serve it on a platter. Drizzle a little of the dressing over the corn using a spoon or a brush to brush the basil vinaigrette over the corn.

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

Add the crumbled feta and serve!

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Feta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette and Feta is a flavorful dish that makes perfect use of fresh, summery corn on the cob.

Ingredients

  • 5 Fresh corn on the cob
  • 1/4- ½ cup crumbled feta
  • Basil Vinaigrette
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 ½- 2 Cups basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Light the grill and let it heat up. Once hot, add the shucked corn directly to the grill.
  2. Cook for 5-7 minutes, rotating frequently until the kernels are charred to your liking. I like to get them a little charred, but it’s up to you.
  3. While the corn is grilling, make the basil vinaigrette.
  4. Combine the washed basil leaves, chopped shallot, minced garlic, white wine vinegar, and salt in a small food processor. Pulse until chopped. Then, stream in the olive oil while the processor blends the basil into vinaigrette. I started out making this in my larger food processor bowl, but I ended up switching halfway through. I couldn’t get enough momentum with all that extra space!
  5. Once the corn is grilled, you can either slice it off the cob or serve it on a platter. Drizzle a little of the dressing over the corn using a spoon or a brush to brush the basil vinaigrette over the corn. You'll have extra dressing.
  6. Add the crumbled feta and serve.

Notes

The dressing recipe makes extra and it is delicious on salad, vegetables, or more corn!

http://bitesofbri.com/2014/07/charred-corn-basil-vinaigrette-crumbled-feta/

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Comments

  1. says

    Nothing screams summer like charred corn. We’ve been eating a ton here too, it’s been so sweet. But I love the idea of adding fresh basil to it. I find we grow so much of it that I can’t seem to use it all and hate to see it wasted. I even google “ways to use of basil!” Eager to try. LIke the feta spin to it as well. Another scrumptious summer side dish. Plus, like you said, great in salads!

    • Bri says

      I’m so jealous that you have corn, Janie Lynn! My grandfather grows great corn but I’ve never grown it myself.

    • Bri says

      Cody- You can also use this dressing on salads, chicken, anything really! It’s really good and is a great way to use basil.

  2. says

    Oh I cant get enough of fresh corn cobs either Bri. There is something so satisfying about biting into a juicy cob huh? I dont traditionally like anything on my corn, but the basil vinaigrette does sound delicious, so will give it a go. :)

  3. says

    This looks just beautiful! I’ve never seen corn like this before. I’m definitely going to jazz mine up this weekend. Also, you photography is just gorgeous. I can almost taste it and hear the crunch from my computer screen. Lovely!

  4. says

    There really is no better way to eat corn on the cob than grilling it and putting delicious toppings all over it! Corn, basil, and feta sound so perfect together! I wish I would have read this post earlier because we just had corn on the cob last night, I guess I will just have to go get some more! Your basil plant looks so big and beautiful!

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