Sweet Ohio Harvest

Sweet corn is a summertime staple here in Ohio. We grow our fair share of corn here and the harvest is typically near the end of summer. Whether it is steamed or grilled, the corn is abundant, sweet and delicious. I am a big fan of the grilled version.

My default for grilling is to remove the husk and painstakingly remove the strands of corn silk. Then I butter, salt and pepper the corn, wrap in a double layer of aluminum foil and grill for 20 minutes, giving it a quarter turn every five. I have also soaked the corn for 30 minutes, pulled back the husk to remove the silk then tie it back in place after the butter, salt and pepper. That one goes right on the grill.

This recipe calls for putting the corn right on the grill to blacken it up some. While I haven’t done it before, I will certainly do it again. Great taste.

Earthy and sweet.

An interesting mix of items.

Prepped for grilling.

The sauce

Post grill. Look at that corn….nom.

Beans and rice.

Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans & Rice

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hour | Makes: 4 main-dish or 6 side-dish


  • 2/3 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 3 large ears corn, husked
  • 2 medium red onions, cut into 3/8-inch-thick slices
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and quartered lengthwise
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup hot tomato salsa, preferably chipotle
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Baked tortilla chips, (optional)


1. Cook rice according to directions. . Drain and rinse. Place in a large bowl, toss with beans and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, preheat grill.

3. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill corn, onions and bell pepper, turning frequently, until tender and charred, 10 to 12 minutes.

4. Cut kernels from cobs (see Tip) and add to reserved rice and beans. Dice the bell pepper and half the onions; add to the rice mixture. Place the remaining onions in a mixing bowl. Peel and dice avocado; add half to rice mixture and half to the bowl with sliced onions.

5. Whisk salsa, orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, oil and cumin in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Toss 3 tablespoons of the salsa mixture with sliced onions and avocado. Toss the rest with rice mixture.

6. Spoon rice mixture onto a serving dish and top with onion-avocado mixture. Serve with chips, if desired.

Nutritional Info:

421 calories; 11 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 72 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 13 g protein; 12 g fiber; 275 mg sodium; 779 mg potassium.

Source: http://mobile.eatingwell.com/recipes/grilled_corn_salad_with_black_beans_rice.html

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Categories: Fruit, Grilled, kosher, Lunch, Mexican, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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15 Comments on “Sweet Ohio Harvest”

  1. July 29, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    love Ohio sweet corn….


  2. July 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Looks yummy! Did you see the episode of Master Chef a few weeks ago when they grilled corn? Actually, it was one of the contestants and she had never done it before, so she didn’t know how. Long story short, the husks caught fire and I don’t think that they did well in the challenge, obviously.

    I was wondering how to do it properly since I’ve never grilled corn myself. Thanks for the primer!


  3. July 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Wow this sounds awesome! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 …I have been addicted to my grill as of late….and this will give me the next thing to go at!


  4. July 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Looks great!


  5. July 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    We usually boil our corn but I love the intensifying of flavour that grilled corn gets. Corn is one of my favourite summer foods. It’s winter here in New Zealand so I haven’t seen corn in months!


  6. July 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Yum! Love grilling veggies!


  7. July 30, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    stopped by your blog and gained 5 pounds. Thanks….yumm!!!


  8. July 30, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    Looks deliciuos!! We have an abundance of corn in Ontario this time of year it’s practically free, so it’s in all our meals.


  9. July 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Wow, chargrilled flavours, tasty sauces and black bean rice. Perfect summer flavours without a doubt. We don’t actually have a BBQ on our balcony but I do have a blow torch, seriously considering getting into a husk of corn and giving it a bit of flame lovin’!


  10. July 31, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    My, that looks divine. Had bbq corn on the cob last weekend. So delicious! I like drizzling mine with chilli olive oil, sea salt and coarse ground black pepper


  11. July 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Looks great!!!



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