Warm Corn and Bacon Salad
Although this is best served warm, it is also nice served chilled so you can make this salad ahead if you like, and refrigerate it until you are ready to serve it. This corn and bacon salad does not require too many ingredients because most of the flavor comes from the corn and bacon. Two types of onion, some lemon juice, and dill are also included for flavor.
It is best to use fresh corn in this recipe and although you boil it first, it is wonderful if you grill it for a few minutes afterwards. Then it will char a bit and this will give it an amazing flavor. Serve this salad for lunch by itself or add some bread. Alternatively serve it as a side dish with your evening meal. It would go nicely with grilled chicken or even a meaty fish like cod or monkfish.
Another idea for this flavorful salad is to spoon it over a baked potato, as an alternative to your usual baked potato fillings. Salad is not what usually comes to mind when people think about comfort food but this delicious bacon salad could be thought of as comfort food because it is warm, rich and delicious, as well as supremely satisfying.
- ½ chopped white onion
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 sliced green onion
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
- 4 slices bacon
- 4 cobs of corn
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Remove the husk and silk from the corn.
- Boil the corn cobs whole in water for 10 minutes, then grill over a medium-low heat until charred in places.
- Fry the bacon until it is crisp, and then remove it from the pan.
- Cook the onion in the same pan for a few minutes.
- Cut the kernels off the corn cob with a knife, and then put the corn in a bowl with the green onion, white onion, dill, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
- Crumble in the bacon and stir in the lemon juice.
You can see how much corn is in this salad, giving it a naturally sweet flavor. The saltiness of the bacon counteracts the sweetness, making the salad perfectly balanced. This is such an easy recipe to make and even if you do not have a grill you can make it. You could even use canned or frozen corn if you are in a real hurry, and still end up with a delicious salad. The crispy bacon adds a luxurious touch and although it is possible to serve this salad chilled, it is fantastic when served warm, since all the flavors and aromas seem more intense that way.
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