Serrano & Corn Salsa

serrano and corn salsa // serrano & corn salsa //

This recipe started as an idea for a salad. My salad “testing” often happens during lunch – I experiment with a variety of veggies, usually a concoction of whatever I happen to have around. When I come across an especially good combo, I save the idea and make it again later to shoot for a post.

The afternoon I sat down to eat the salad-version of this, I was sure it would be a winner. Corn, peppers, cucumber, tons of lime… an easy recipe to use up tons of late summer produce. Well it turned out to have a little too much lime, (something I never thought was possible). As I ate my overly-tart chopped salad I realized it was more of a salsa… that it would be better served as a condiment rather than eaten straight out of the bowl.

Yep, it was. When I made it a second time it was much better with chips and even better with grilled portabello tacos. I can also see it being tasty atop fish or meat if you’re looking to spice up your summer grilling.

serrano & corn salsa //

serrano & corn salsa
Serves: makes about 1.5 cups
  • 2 ears of corn
  • ¼ cup chopped cucumber
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 serrano pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped scallion
  • 2-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • drizzle of honey or agave
  • salt & pepper
good (not pictured) additions:
  • diced avocado
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  1. Slice corn kernels off the cob. Next, using the back of your knife, scrape the cob to get some of the leftover corn pulp. (about 1 tablespoon per cob).
  2. Mix everything together. Let chill in the fridge for 20 minutes or up to a day. Taste and adjust seasonings. This is great served with chips, on tacos, on salads, or on grilled fish.

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  1. Tieghan from on said:

    Love this so much!! I am a corn salsa freak these days!

  2. Kelly from on said:

    This looks amazing – what a great recipe! 🙂

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