For me, fresh sweet corn = summer. Sadly, corn has got itself a bad rep these days, as uncertainty and fear grows behind High Fructose Corn Syrup and Genetically Modified crops.
I love corn, but I'm careful about where I get it and how often I eat it. I steer clear of processed foods as most contain corn-derived ingredients. I won't get into the politics and details behind WHY we have an over-abundance of corn in our diets (if you are interested, read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma), but my advice on corn is similar to my advice with all foods: eat the food as close to it's natural, raw, unprocessed state as possible, and eat everything in moderation (i.e. eat a variety of veggies!).
This all being said, I LOVE fresh corn. I try to buy mine from the farmer's market or another local, reputable source. When it's fresh, corn is naturally sweet, creamy, and bursting with juicy goodness. My favorite way to enjoy corn is this simple raw salad because it highlights all the natural deliciousness of this veggie.
Many people with digestion issues like IBS think they should avoid corn. Here's the deal: the outer kernel of the corn is mostly indigestible - thats why you see it come out the other side looking mostly intact. While this can cause digestive upset like bloating and gas, the insoluble fiber and prebiotics in the corn feed good bacteria in your gut and actually strengthen your digestion. My advice? Try it for yourself - make sure you CHEW your food thoroughly and slowly, and notice how you feel.
Raw Corn Salad with Basil // raw, vegan, gluten free
- 4 ears raw sweet corn
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced into thin ribbons
- 1/4 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 lime
- sea salt and pepper
Note: I cannot stress enough how important it is to get SUPER fresh corn for this salad because fresh corn has the best flavor.
1. Prep the corn - Shuck cobs and remove kernels from the corn (here's an easy tutorial). Place corn kernels into a large bowl.
2. Add in other ingredients - Add in all your other ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
I love to serve this salad on top of a bed of greens with avocado and some sort of protein. I also like to wrap it up in lettuce cups for a light summer dinner!
Have you ever tried raw sweet corn?