Grilled Corn & Sausage Salad w/Parsley-Lime Vinaigrette
This is one of those recipes borne from avoiding waste that turned into something we will be eating more often this summer. I had 6 ears of corn, 3 spicy italian sausages and a bunch of parsley that was originally earmarked for a family dinner which was postponed. I didn’t want it to go bad so I pivoted and figured on a grilled corn salad and a parsley vinaigrette based on the more conventional cilantro-lime vinaigrette. I also didn’t have enough lime for the dressing so I supplemented with some lemon from the neighbor’s tree and wine vinegar. I’m sure any herb and any vinegar would do in a pinch. I also had cotija cheese in the drawer and chopped up some Mexican pickles (carrots, jalapenos and radish) for a little something extra. Work with what you have!
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (adapted from Rick Bayless)
Makes 1.25 cups dressing. Not traditional, but I added a heaping teaspoon of mustard because I felt like it.
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (or lemon or vinegar)
- 1/2 cup packed cilantro (or parsley)
- 1 jalapeno or serrano chile (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste and season as appropriate.
Grilled Corn & Sausage Salad (makes ~4 servings)
I didn’t take exact measurements on the pickles and cheese so amounts below are a guess. Just put in as much as you’d like.
- 6 ears of corn
- 1/2 – 3/4 lb. sausage (depending on how meaty you want your salad)
- 1/8 cup pickled jalapenos and carrots, chopped
- 1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
- any leftover cilantro/parsley you didn’t use for the vinaigrette, chiffonade
- cilantro lime vinaigrette
- Grill the corn and sausage. Cook until the corn is lightly charred and sausage is cooked through.
- While the corn and sausage are cooking, you can make your vinaigrette, chop your pickled vegetables and crumble your cheese.
- When your corn is cooked and cooled enough to work with, cut the corn off the cob. Here’s a neat trick to prevent your corn from going all over the place when you do this.
- Chop sausage into bite-sized pieces.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl. Toss with as much dressing as you want.