AN ARRAY OF RECIPES AND TIPS
"IN THE STYLE OF" GRAHAM
CORN AND ASPARAGUS SALAD
Did you know that I rarely eat dressing on salad. I am picky; I don't like dips, sauces, or really any condiments. I am usually satisfied eating my vegetables all natural, without being covered up with dressing.
With this salad, I would be equally happy eating it without the dressing, just pure vegetables but my children would probably disagree and then I guess it really wouldn't be considered a salad anymore, just a bowl of vegetables!
This is a great salad; the colors are stunning, its tasty and could easily be made the night before.
Corn and Asparagus Salad
Adapted from Paula Deen
Serves 8 (Paula says 4 but I think at least 8)
6 ears yellow corn, shucked
2 bunches asparagus, trimmed
1 small red onion, diced small
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Note: I cut the recipe in half, except I used 4 ears of corn (as the photos show). I then cut that half of the salad dressing in half again and used even less sugar. Taste the dressing as you go until you get it right for your palate, most people will like it the way Paula has it written, I just prefer mine with less dressing and way less sugar.
Fill a large stock pot with water, salt and bring it to a boil. Place shucked corn in boiling water and blanch the corn for 3 minutes until bright yellow. Then toss the corn into an ice bath. In the same water used for blanching the corn, blanch the asparagus for 1 minute and toss into the ice bath. For the corn, once cooled, remove the kernels off the cob with a sharp knife...
and cut the asparagus into 1-inch angled sections. Place both the corn and then asparagus into a medium size bowl.
In another medium size bowl, mix together sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over corn and asparagus. Add the basil. Mix together well and chill or serve at room temperature.