Summertime CookingWritten by Glynis Neves
Ah, summer! Popsicles, swimming pools, long, lazy days; just thinking about it makes me smile. There is one part of summer that I could do without, though... intense heat. I'm not talking about your run of the mill summer heat, but those days when the thermometer registers over 100 degrees. Those are the days I could do without... especially in my kitchen!
I love to cook for my family! Love it! Feeding my family is my love language, and I like to think that I'm pretty good at it! I have no problem cooking for my family in the fall, the winter, or the spring. Using my oven daily helps to heat my house and makes it feel all cozy. But, using my oven in the summer is equated to turning my house into one of Dante's circles (if you know what I mean). We're talking HOT, people! Too much heat in the house makes for a cranky mom and kids. The trick, then, is to come up with meal ideas that will help us all keep our cool.
The number one tool in my summer cooking arsenal is the grill, but in all honesty, I'm not very good at using it. My husband, however, is. So, summer grilling is all his, and I tackle the rest of the meal. A good grilled dinner needs good sides to push the meat over the edge into summer perfection. And that is precisely what I think this recipe is... perfection!
My family loves this Ranch Corn Salad! It complements any meal from seafood to beef, from chicken to pork. It's refreshing, cool, and oh so simple to make. The best thing, though, is that it's completely customizable! We like to add Parmesan cheese and some green onion or chives to our salad. Use the basic recipe as a jumping off point, and make it one of your family favorites!
Creamy Ranch Corn Salad
1 (16 oz) package frozen whole kernel corn, partially thawed OR 2 cans drained whole kernel corn
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 chopped green onions
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 cup diced red or green pepper
1 cup bottled ranch dressing (more or less according to taste)
Gently combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!
Download a pdf copy of this recipe here. Try this and tell us what your family thinks.
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