For a simple side dish nothing beats this Roasted Corn Chopped Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette! Less than 10 ingredients and done in minutes!
Moment of truth here, do you ever spend your down time watching TV shows on the Food Network and imagining what you might make if you were the chef? I love to do this, especially when watching episodes of Chopped! While I may not be on TV, I finally got my chance to put my skills to the test, and actually, you can too! Food Network is hosting a Chopped at Home Challenge and you should totally check it out! To enter, you will just need to do what I did, and grab some delicious Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn and then let your imagination run wild! Of course, to get those creative juices flowing, there needs to be a few other ingredients, right? Beside the Del Monte® Sweet Corn, my “basket” included fresh basil, feta cheese and lemon. It didn’t take me long to decide that simple and fresh would be best, and I got to work prepping my easy to make Roasted Corn Chopped Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. Perfect for pairing with just about any entree for the perfect simple side!
I’m always trying to come up with delicious side dishes for all my slow cooker meals, and let’s be real, when the rest of my dinner is practically cooked for me, you know my side dish has got to be easy too. That’s where this Del Monte Corn comes in. After using it in this challenge, I can tell you that I’ll be using it in so many more of my recipes. I opened the can and found vibrant, crisp, sweet juicy corn perfect for my salad. It makes sense, a company that has partnered with US family farms for over 127 years has pretty much got to have an amazing product to offer, and I was totally impressed. I know that wholesome foods are important to all of you too so it’s reassuring to know that Del Monte Corn is non-GMO and non-BPA intent and is picked and packed within hours (you can totally taste that freshness).
My recipe was so easy, I almost felt like I was cheating! I simply drained and patted a can of the Del Monte Corn dry and roasted it up with a touch of olive oil in my favorite skillet. Once it was nice and caramelized I let it cool and finished up the rest of the dish.
The base of the salad is cool crisp romaine hearts finely chopped and tossed with some thin sliced shallots for that mild onion flavor. I crumbled up some of the feta cheese to add as well, because let’s face it, salads are always better with cheese. The star of the show here, though, obviously, is the roasted corn. After it cooled I added it on top for lots of bright color along with some torn basil leaves to take the fresh flavor over the top.
With a salad this good, the dressing has to be perfect. Not to heavy, just the right amount of flavor. This lemon vinaigrette has only 4 ingredients and can be whisked together in minutes. Add just enough to lightly coat your salad, toss it all together and enjoy this flavorful, simple salad along with your favorite main dish, or even as a delicious entree!
Add your favorite protein and it becomes one amazing dinner!