Now that we’re in the thick of summer, who’s getting just a little tired of the usual corn on the cob? (*Raises both hands.) Don’t get me wrong, I will never turn down the classic summer food, but it’s high time we spice it up – literally.
I had something similar to this corn on the cob at my favorite local restaurant, Bar Taco, and wanted to recreate it. I don’t know all of the spices they put on theirs, but I have to say this one turned out pretty darn close and still just as damn delish.
2 corn on the cob
1/4 cup Feta cheese (If you don’t have Feta or find it too salty, Contija cheese is a great substitute too!)
1 lime (to squeeze the juice on top)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Fire up the grill and get it good and hot (let it preheat for about 5 minutes on high). Put the corn directly on the hot grill, rotating every 5 minutes to get a nice char all around. In between rotating, squeeze lime juice on top.
You shouldn’t need more than 15 minutes until it’s done. In the final minute spread the feta (or Contija) on top of the corn. This will melt the cheese a bit and get it to stick to the corn. Remove from the grill and sprinkle on the chili and cayenne pepper.
So two summers ago, Jess & I went to Splish Splash (this water park in Long Island) with our significant others. Since we were going to be there all day and since amusement park food is always over priced and over fatty (I mean we were going to be in our bathing suits all days guys, no funnel cakes for us!) We decided to pack healthy and affordable lunches for the boys and us to eat mid-day. We did some sandwiches and salads and this salad was by far the biggest hit. Not only was it filling, but it was so easy to pack in little Tupperware containers with spoons.
1/2 a bottle of Trader Joe’s Hummus Salad dressing (I bet the greek goddess one would work too, I don’t see why not)
1 medium red onion diced small
1 bag of orzo (15 oz.)
1 cucumber diced small
1 tomato diced (I just halved cherry tomatoes, about a cup)
1/4 cup of olive tapenade (or just chopped black olives)
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup of feta cheese
pinch of black pepper & salt to taste (I added a pinch of chili flakes too because I like spicy everything).
Boil the orzo per the packet instructions and drain well. Mix in the remaining ingredients and chill for 15-20 minutes before serving.