Grilled Corn Salad with Avocado
This grilled corn salad is a perfect summer BBQ side dish. It's juicy, bursting with summer flavors, and wonderfully colorful. It's a delicious salad of grilled corn, tomatoes, avocado, fresh herbs, and feta.
The ten years of my life I spent in Indiana still have a profound effect on my view of summer - I think it should be full of bright blue skies, so much green (trees, bushes, grass, perhaps some algae in the lake...) that you could cry, and freshly picked sweet corn. There were older kids that lived down the street from us that sold sweet corn from the back of a pickup truck in their front yard. I thought that picking corn was a little too challenging, but nevertheless, they were the inspiration for my young entrepreneurship in my strawberry picking business. My mom would drop me off early in the morning at the strawberry patch and I'd pick berries for 3 hours and then spend the afternoon delivering them around the university campus my dad worked at, fulfilling all the orders I'd taken the day before. When a twelve-year-old walks into your office and asks you to buy a quart of freshly picked strawberries, you do not say no.
Moral of the story - buy produce from weird little kids who are trying to make summer spending money + sweet corn is the best.
This salad is best with freshly picked, summer sweet corn. You can tell the best corn by its sweet smell and firm kernels. The tassels shouldn't be browned or black - if they're unspoiled they will be a nice blond color. You don't need to pull the husk back in the store or farmer's market to tell these things - just press (firm kernels), look (blonde tassels), and smell (fresh + sweet) and you'll end up with a good ear of corn.