Oh, Monday, why must you come so soon?

This weekend was spent celebrating my youngest brother’s college graduation, which reminded me how old I am and that I really despise growing up.

It included a plethora of fried food, giggles, and one-too-many Irish car bombs. Oops.



Recently, Mr. How Sweet and I have been having a delicious dinner on Sunday evenings – just the two of us. It is also usually something that Mr. How Sweet helps prepare, which is a feat in itself.

For instance, last Sunday night I stuffed my face with pulled pork and butter-laden mashed potatoes while watching the Miss USA Pageant.

I thought that was the appropriate meal for me to inhale while watching beautiful bikini bodies strut their stuff about a stage. Made me feel fabulous. And a bit stuffed-sausage like.



Many Sundays, our dinner consists of some form of meat (to keep Mr. How Sweet’s whining at bay) and some form of comfort food (to keep me sane). Comfort food is my crack.

Months ago, my friend Cindy told me about this fabulous corn salad that her husband was making for the holidays. It includes cotija cheese, which is one of those items that sends us on a wild goose chase ’round these parts.

Eventually I found it at Whole Foods, even though I had to sell my first-born child to afford it.

It is really tasty, so I think it is worth it.



I substituted a few ingredients in my corn salad – tomatoes, red onion, and avocado – which just gave the entire dish a fresh,  summertime feeling.

The corn is warm, creamy, and cheesy. I have been making it every few weeks for months now, and it is just a perfect compliment to filet or fish. I also think it would be delicious in a Mexican dish, or on top of a salad.



You’ll have to tell me if that tastes good, since I would rather swallow nails than eat greens.



Grilled Corn Salad with Lime and Cilantro

adapted from Bobby Flay

Serves 4

4 ears corn

1/4 cup creme fraiche

1 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tablespoon chopped jalepeno

1/4 cup chopped tomato

2 tablespoons chopped red onion

2 tablespoons chopped avocado

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1/4 cup grated cotija cheese

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Grill corn on all sides until charred, about 10 minutes. Remove corn from the cob and add to a skillet on low heat. Add butter, creme fraiche, tomato, onion, and cilantro. Stir and let warm. Season with salt and pepper. 5 minutes before serving, stir in cheese and avocado.

Garnish with additional cilantro.





Grab a spoon and dig in!

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61 Responses to “Grilled Corn Salad with Lime and Cilantro.”

  1. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — May 24, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    Oh my! This looks delicious! I love corn salad! Add some cheese to it and I’m sold!


  2. #
    Ebru — May 24, 2010 @ 4:21 am

    Congrats to your brother! That corn salad looks yummy, I will definitely try it ~ SOON! :)


  3. #
    Erica — May 24, 2010 @ 4:24 am

    Um yah, we totally went to Josh’s bros graduation a few weeks ago….made me feel old too :) And I can just picture you sitting their eating pulled pork during Ms. USA- thats hilarious. The corn salad looks delicious. I love all of the Mexican inspired flavors


  4. #
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — May 24, 2010 @ 4:27 am

    I love fresh salads like this when it is hot out! I had a huge salad last night with the greens, but you could not even see them from all the other stuff I put on top! Your salad looks yummy.


  5. #
    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — May 24, 2010 @ 5:00 am

    You should see what I shovel into my mouth when I watch the Biggest Loser…it isn’t right.


  6. #
    Kitchen Butterfly — May 24, 2010 @ 5:03 am

    I love the combo of corn, coriander and lime. Superb


  7. #
    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly — May 24, 2010 @ 5:22 am

    I LOVE CORN! This past week at the beach we roasted it on the grill like 4 times! This salad looks awesome! Oh…and congrats to your brother!! :)


  8. #
    Wei-Wei — May 24, 2010 @ 5:37 am

    I’m not a fan of cilantro (or of corn. Sorry. This salad just ain’t for me.) :(

    So… why did I comment again? (A: Because I love your blog too much not to.)



  9. #
    Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) — May 24, 2010 @ 5:47 am

    This looks awesome!

    And congrats to your brother :D



  10. #
    Eliana — May 24, 2010 @ 6:00 am

    Lime and cilantro is one of my favorite flavor combos! I’d be all over this if I had it in front of me.


  11. #
    Talita — May 24, 2010 @ 6:04 am

    I love corn! This salad looks perfect!


  12. #
    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — May 24, 2010 @ 6:13 am

    This looks like the quintessential summer salad. Yum, yum, yum!

    Congrats to your bro! Graduation weekends are always fun :-)


  13. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — May 24, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    Looks good. I’ve got a couple of corn salads that I absolutely love to make in the summertime. How strange that you can’t find that cheese easily. It’s everywhere in SoCal! Did you grill your corn… I don’t see char marks?


    • Jessica — May 24th, 2010 @ 6:17 am

      Yep we grilled it! We didn’t let it char completely – last time I did that it tasted like an ash tray! Next time I would probably grill it a bit more, tho. Gotta find the happy medium!


  14. #
    Nicole @ making good choices — May 24, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    I need a grill!! This corn looks amazing, I have to keep a look out for that cheese at whole foods!


  15. #
    Jessie (Vegan-minded) — May 24, 2010 @ 6:43 am

    I have never heard of that type of cheese before. No matter for me, since I would leave it out anyway. Any recipe with grilled corn and cilantro wins in my book. Looks great! :)


  16. #
    Kacy — May 24, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    That looks fantastic. I’ve never heard of that cheese, but I will be on the lookout!


  17. #
    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries — May 24, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    Congrats to your brother! I agree with kacy – never heard of this cheese! I think I am uncultured :wink:


  18. #
    Jil — May 24, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    This looks delicious – you can’t go wrong when a veggie is wrapped up in cheese!


  19. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — May 24, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    corn must be in season, i’ve seen it on a million blogs lately and they’re always sold out when i hit up the grocery store! this sounds heavenly…i have a dinner party wednesday night i think i might be making this for :)


    • Jessica — May 24th, 2010 @ 7:42 am

      Corn on the cob isn’t in season here until July-Aug, but we can still get it at Whole Foods. For an arm and a leg, you know.


  20. #
    Erica — May 24, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    This looks great! I may have to make this for a weekend BBQ this weekend!


  21. #
    Gracie @ Girl Meets Health — May 24, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    LOVE creme fraiche! Creamy cheesiness + the crunch/pop of corn sounds like it’d be SO good together. Yum.


  22. #
    Tina — May 24, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    Looks delicious. Congrats to your little brother. Peter’s little brother is half his age and is a freshman in high school right now. I know Peter is going to flip when he graduates.


  23. #
    Daisy — May 24, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    I have never even heard of that cheese. this looks so good except I dont see the avocado. maybe its hiding under all the corn


  24. #
    Ashley — May 24, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    Yum yum yum!!! Minus the cilantro which tastes like soap! ;)


    • Jessica — May 24th, 2010 @ 9:10 am

      You’re a cilantro-hater? I don’t think we can be friends anymore.


  25. #
    Lula Lola — May 24, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    This looks really good. I need to chase down that cheese!


  26. #
    ERin at The Healthy Apron — May 24, 2010 @ 10:09 am

    Your pictures are mouth watering! Whole Foods is so darn expensive!!


  27. #
    Blond Duck — May 24, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    I just found what I’m fixing with burgers this weekend…


  28. #
    One Healthy Apple — May 24, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    This sounds fabulous- I love grilled corn and a warm, cheesy, corn-filled salad sounds fabulous.
    The husband and I do Sunday night dinner too- it’s such a great tradition, I think!


  29. #
    Sarah.j.s. — May 24, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    Oh wow, my brother would love this. As would I…gotta make this soon! :) Thanks for sharing.


  30. #
    Melanie — May 24, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    What a unique salad! I am bookmarking for sure since it sounds like the perfect accompaniment to grilling season. Do you buy your creme fraiche or make it yourself?


    • Jessica — May 25th, 2010 @ 10:47 am

      I buy it! I’d love to make it but I don’t really have time or patience. Maybe some day. :)


  31. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — May 24, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    Fresh corn is definitely one of the best parts of summer! This looks like an awesome dish to bring to a barbecue.


  32. #
    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — May 24, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    congrats to your brother!!!! i am sure it was a beautiful ceremony and what a great way to celebrate with CORNSALAD!!! hehe…that looks SO good although I cannot stomach cilantro…but i find that parsely works just great in place of it in most recipes!! you just introduced me to a new cheese…bad news…i <3 cheese


  33. #
    Joy — May 24, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

    Great recipe. It would be lovely for a bbq.


  34. #
    homecookedem — May 24, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    Great summer time recipe to take along to a cookout!!


  35. #
    janetha — May 24, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    mmmmmmmm. corn corn corn.


  36. #
    Katrina — May 24, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    This salad is just what I need while in corn season. Yum!


  37. #
    Sophie @ yumventures — May 24, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    I have a small obsession with corn. I love it!! This salad looks like the best thing ever, I seriously can’t wait for corn season :)


  38. #
    Mary (A Merry Life) — May 24, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    Congrats to your brother! :)

    The corn combination looks pretty good. It would go well with some mexican dishes I like to make.


  39. #
    Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — May 24, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    That looks amazing! Leftovers would rock a salad, nachos, salmon, tacos–damn near everything, hahaha. :D



  40. #
    Kelly — May 24, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    Mmmmm. Sounds like a nice, clean salad.


  41. #
    Nicole, RD — May 24, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    I have a wee obsession with corn – major yum! I have to try this!


  42. #
    kate — May 24, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    Lime + cilantro are a perfect pair!


  43. #
    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — May 24, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    I always gauge my age on how old my brother is! He graduated from college last August, which definitely makes me feel like an old lady!


  44. #
    Katie — May 24, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. I love anything corn + cilantro…I can’t even imagine how delicious this is.

    (and I’m a little hesitant to tell you this, but uh….corn is a vegetable. I hope you can still enjoy this wonderful thing with that new knowledge. ;-))


  45. #
    Fit Chick in the City — May 24, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    I love that you guys have been making dinner for two on Sunday nights. You two are so cute!


  46. #
    Jenna — May 24, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    Congrats to the brother! And seriously, this recipe sounds like a winner. Some of my favorite things… corn, avocado, cheese and cilantro? Yes, yes, yes and yes, please. :)


  47. #
    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — May 24, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    i have been making corn for like the first time ever, the past week or so. it’s in season and i have found a way to make it, that’s easy! tonite’s gonna get easier b/c i packed my roasting pans: microwave it on the cob. a reader told me it works. we shall see…

    love the story of your grandma and how organized she was. my grandma lived for 55 yrs in the same house! and never threw anything out. do the math. it was a year for my mother to go thru it alll :(


  48. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — May 24, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    Now, this looks freakin’ fantastic! I am bookmarking this one for sure!!!


  49. #
    Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) — May 24, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    What a great way to use summer corn! Wow, that looks so good!


  50. #
    Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear — May 25, 2010 @ 12:25 am

    I know how you feel, my younger brother is graduating from high school in 2 weeks and I can’t believe that he’s gotten so old already :D Luckily I’m forever young ;)



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