Corn, Zucchini and Blue Cheese Salad

August 14th, 2008

Ok, so, there’s a definitely possibility that this post is going to crash my website for most of today.  I have tried my best to make the file as small as I can without compromising quality, but somehow my website always mysteriously crashes after about 100 views whenever I put up a podcast (my web hosting company assures me that it’s not because they can’t handle the additional server load, but we all know that’s exactly what it is, duh.).  So if you can’t access it today, try again tomorrow.

And please do try again, because this is a great salad!  It’s made almost entirely with ingredients from the farmer’s market and it tastes amazing.  And I think these baby carrots might only be an early-summer product, but you could easily julienne regular-sized carrots for the same effect.

And, if I do say so myself, the video is pretty cute too.  I spend a *lot* of time on these — about 20 times longer than it takes me to cook, write and edit a non-podcast post — if not more.  So I feel justified in fishing for compliments a bit.  One of my next Sugarlaws upgrades is going to be a better video camera (or, perhaps, a new hosting service), since right now I’m just using the built-in camera on my iMac, which was definitly not meant for this task!  But, expensive video camera or none, working web server or not, this salad is still delicious.  Go give it a try.

Corn, Zucchini and Blue Cheese Salad

1/2 pound carrots, either baby carrots or julienned regular carrots, ends trimmed
1 small to medium-sized zucchini
1 ear corn, husked
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp mustard
1 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Sea salt

Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.  Meanwhile, julienne the zucchini and saute it in two tsp of olive oil on medium-low heat for about 3-5 minutes until cooked and lightly caramelized, and set aside.

When the water is boiling, add the corn on the cob and leave it for 6-8 minutes to cook.  When the corn has about 1 minute to go, add the carrots and blanch them for about 90 seconds, or until they change color.  Remove the corn and carrots and drain them.  If you used baby carrots with skins, peel the skins off with your fingers (they will come off easily, like blanched nut skins).

Cut the corn cob in half and stand each half up on the cut side.  Cut down the side of each half-cob to remove the kernels (watch the video if you’re confused about this step).  Toss the cut corn to break up large pieces.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar and salt.  Add the olive oil in a slow stream until bound together.

Toss the carrots, corn, zucchini, cheese and dressing together in a large bowl.  Taste and add more dressing or salt as desired.  Serve!

Serves 2-3 as a side.

Tags: food · salads · side dishes

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Aug 14, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Wow, great looking salad.  Love the video.  I figure it took you hours just to edit and get just right.

    Keep it up!

  • 2 Meghan // Aug 14, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Love the video!  I’m excited to try this salad.

  • 3 emily // Aug 14, 2008 at 10:03 am

    best yet
    salad looks FANTASTIC!

  • 4 VeggieGirl // Aug 14, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Hooray, another podcast!!! Katy, you should totally submit these videos to Food Network – you’ll have your own cooking show in no time!! 🙂

  • 5 katherine // Aug 14, 2008 at 11:23 am

    looks very good. I will likely make this soon. Also your videos just keep getting better.

  • 6 Jen (Modern Beet) // Aug 14, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    So lovely!!  the salad looks delicious!  and I totally love the podcast!

  • 7 Lulu Barbarian // Aug 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Great video!  I’m totally in awe!

  • 8 Kristen // Aug 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    You are so talented!

  • 9 holler // Aug 14, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Aargh, downloaded the software and it still wouldn’t work. Hey ho, I will try again tomorrow. The salad looks fab by the way.n I would really enjoy this one 🙂

  • 10 katy // Aug 14, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    thanks everyone!!!  and now i feel bad for picking on my web hosting company, since the site has been up and running all day today, as far as i can tell!

  • 11 heather // Aug 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    oh, i do love corn… this looks beautiful!

  • 12 Tom in Boston // Aug 15, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Hmmm, video won’t run. I only get your intro. and then it stops, fyi…

  • 13 Tom in Boston // Aug 15, 2008 at 8:32 am

    oops, nevermind, it just worked. Looks good, thanks.

  • 14 Donald // Aug 15, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Salad looks great Katy!

    Can’t get the vid to work though. I’ll try again in a while.

  • 15 Jerry // Aug 15, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Sounds like a great salad! Love blue cheese!

  • 16 Garrett // Aug 16, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I love how wonderful it looks while plated.  It certainly sounds like a great summer salad.

  • 17 Judy // Aug 17, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    The salad looks great.  Good job on the podcast too!

  • 18 katy // Aug 20, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks so much guys!!!  I’m excited — this is my most popular video so far (maybe due in part to the fact that my website was actually functional for 48 hours after posting it)!

  • 19 Katherine // Aug 21, 2008 at 8:13 am

    I made this salad! However, I stupidly substituted gorgonzola cheese and somehow managed to make too much liquid (or I didn’t have enough of the solid stuff) so the “dressing” was too strong. But I’d definitely try it again!

  • 20 White On Rice Couple // Sep 5, 2008 at 9:22 am

    First of all….yeah!! the puppy made the video! Is that Calvin or Coco making the debut? We love it! What a cutie.

    You’re a talented cutie too, Katie. The salad is so perfectly summer, it makes me want to run out to the farmers market right now. Great job!

  • 21 Dog Treats | sugarlaws // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:58 am

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  • 22 Amanda // Aug 30, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Neat video!  Thanks! I can’t wait to try your recipes!

  • 23 glazed carrots | Sugarlaws // Mar 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

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  • 24 Melisa // Dec 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as
    with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays.

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