End of Summer Raw Corn Salad

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A friend of mine Facebook-shared this New York Times article about the end of summer, and reading it felt like taking a walk through my late-August psyche. Summer always begins with such promise for me–there will be at least five ferris wheel rides, I say, and a couple of weekend trips out to wine country. Plus patio dinners every weekend, barbecues with friends, boat rides and bike rides. This will be the summer I buy a new bike, I tell myself. Oh, and berry picking too–not a May goes by when I don’t make plans to pick strawberries in June and raspberries in July.

From the perch of spring, summer always looks “as wide open and shimmering with possibility as the summers of childhood.”

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And then summer arrives, and anticipation turns to reality. Two hours in stop-and-go traffic to get out to the strawberry fields? I take a pass and drag the kids to the grocery store down the street where we pick up a clamshell of California strawberries.

And yes a ferris wheel ride would be lovely, but I devote Saturday to picking tiles for my bathroom or some such thing. “Next weekend,” I promise, weekend after warm weekend passing by, until I forget about it entirely.

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Before I know it, the early mornings are dark again, Starbucks is pushing its Pumpkin Spice everything (the ultimate harbinger of autumn) and those richly sweet local tomatoes make way for butternuts, acorns and delicatas.


“Whoa, where did the summer go?” I wonder, as I find myself wandering in the lunch meat aisle once again.

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We didn’t make it out to wine country this year, but I did take my daughter for her first swim in the Pacific Ocean. At the same beach where I wiled away my own childhood summers. I drove up to the Canadian Shield and tossed myself into a frigid lake. And my brother and I took a couple of kayaks for a paddle into the Vancouver sunset. I hiked with an old friend. I ran, fully clothed, through a sprinkler. And my toddler learned how to say “I love you”.

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I didn’t end up going raspberry picking, but I did pick up some beautiful zucchini at a local farmers’ market. And I discovered that sliced into thin wide strips and tossed with lemony vinaigrette, zucchini tastes a bit like pappardelle. I made at least four peach crumbles and five grilled green bean salads. I taught my daughter how to pick ripe tomatoes and baby kale from my parents’ vegetable garden. And I remembered something that an Okanagan farmer told me some 20 years ago: corn tastes best when it is raw.

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As the sun sets on August 31, I shave a few sweet corn cobs into a mixing bowl and crumble feta through my fingers. I tear basil, chop green onions, squeeze the sunshine out of a lime, and gently stir letting the starchy-sweet juice of the corn wrap its arms around everything else. We eat it on the patio with a glass of white wine, drenched in evening light and a late summer heatwave.

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There is promise in September too, isn’t there? Sharp pencil crayons, crisp mornings, new teachers, red leaves, and cozy scarves. Oh, and trips to the pumpkin patch. This is the year I will finally take the kids pumpkin picking. Long drive, be damned.

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End of Summer Raw Corn Salad
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If you're skeptical about raw corn, just trust me on this one. When corn season is at its height there is no better (or simpler) way to eat it. This salad is at once sweet (from the corn), sour (from the lime) and salty (from the feta) and few people can resist it. I've made it for multiple family gatherings, and it is always a hit. Even my 18 month old son shovels it in by the handful.
Serves: 4-6
  • 3 sweet cobs of corn
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • A large handful of basil, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup finely crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Cut the kernels off the corn cobs and dump them into a medium-sized salad bowl. Add the green onions, basil, lime juice and olive oil and stir to combine.
  2. Add the feta cheese, stir gently to combine, then season to taste with salt and pepper.


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    I am so upset that it took me this long to make this recipe! Made it yesterday and absolutely delicious!

  3. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings September 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    Oh my I can really relate to this. When we started the summer we made a “Not Bummer Summer” list of things to do and we didn’t get through it …not even half. I guess it’s good to have high aspirations but we get busy with life and such. I did however take the kids apple picking last weekend and it was glorious. We picked 16 pounds of honey crisp and they are already gone. Delicious! And although I’m anxious to start cooking pumpkin and apple dishes I love embracing the late summer corn. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post.

  4. Gloria September 4, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    I am sooooo dreading the end of summer too. I was just at the market this morning and bought corn. We host a Labour Day BBQ for years now….lots of teacher friends….and I was just saying how I am going to miss these wonderful market days.

  5. janet @ the taste space September 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Looks fab. I love how simple the recipe is… while I have been roasting most corn this summer, fresh corn definitely deserves its own salad.

  6. Jo-Anna September 4, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    It looks like you had a wonderful and perfectly paced summer…the best thing about summer is that you can change your mind and make new plans every day. I love the slowness of summer and miss it as we’re flung back into the crazy that is September! And how delicious does your salad look?! I have never thought of serving up raw corn…my mouth is watering!

  7. Alanna @ One Tough Cookie September 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    I love this recipe! Reminds me of esquites, the Mexican corn salad. I, too, can’t believe summer’s already coming to an end — I suppose I’d better try to sneak in a ferris wheel ride, myself!

  8. Justine September 4, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Hi Sarah — I love your photos, and the sounds of this recipe. I have 2 cobs of beautiful fresh corn from Creston, BC, just waiting to be made into this salad! I’ve never tried a raw corn salad before, but am going to make this tonight. Thanks for the inspiration, and have a great long weekend!

  9. Mel @ The Refreshanista September 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    Those are such fantastic summery photos! I also cannot believe it’s already September- I’m excited for fall but summer was definitely too short. That corn salad looks so fresh and tasty 🙂

  10. Aimee @ Simple Bites September 2, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    Oh, how I can relate. We go camping ever summer – except this one. Not one u-pick excursion. No lakes.

    But we DID do lots, West Coast beaches. Wild berry picking. We threw a wedding. We stayed out late at the Jazz Fest…and we ate loads of corn!

    Beautiful recipe and post.

  11. D September 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    What a wonderful article and the pictures are amazing. Most of our life we endure the notion of having great expectations of the coming days and months and when we look back, life doesn’t always seem to have unfolded the way we thought or hoped it might. We can only be reminded that we must cherish each day and moment for what it is and life can have a way of being better than we could have ever imagined. Your article is truly a metaphorical masterpiece and yes the corn salad is delicious. Thanks Sar

  12. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles September 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

    Those endless, epic summers of my youth live in me forever and I loved being reminded of them in this piece. Your photos (and writing) are beautiful and full of life. You may not have made it to every destination but you sure did a lot and besides, hard to beat an I love you. Sometimes we just have to be still to what’s happening – those are often the moments that end up registering at the top of our list of memories, we just don’t always recognize them at the time. Beautiful post Sarah including this delicious raw corn salad. The drizzle of lime juice is truly all you need here. Perfect.

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