Corn Salads in the Raw

When you've got superfresh, sweet summer corn, use it as the centerpiece of a salad, raw and straight off the cob.

Raw corn and tomato salads are popular with hounds. Some add fresh basil; Jeserf adds sweet onion, cilantro, lime juice, and minced serrano chiles. meatn3 mixes raw corn with a can of drained and rinsed black beans, avocado, tomatoes, cumin, cilantro, lime juice, and hot sauce. "It is so easy to vary this and it always disappears fast," she says.

luckyfatima dresses raw corn with lemon juice, melted butter, red chile powder, roasted cumin, and salt. JeremyEG likes raw corn tossed with good olive oil and salt, and topped with grated Parmesan or pecorino. For an unconventional salad, cathyeats combines raw corn, basil, and chopped plums. "Sounds weird," she says, "but it's great!"

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