Grilled Corn with Feta & Lime Vinaigrette

by Matt on May 26, 2010

Summer is around the corner but you really don’t need me to tell you this. We’re about to embark on High Grill Season, a time of year marked with non-stop outdoor recipes, summer sides and grilled meats. We’re all bound to go overboard during summer and you know what? That’s fine with me. Because if any season speaks to me about the bounty of food it’s certainly summer.

What I love most about summer cooking is that it gives us certain cooks a pass on formality.  A little of this, some of that,  it’s a good time to veer just a teeny bit from the exact science of cooking. Perhaps this is because the cooking wildcard known as The Grill can’t be controlled but coaxed, befriended but never bossed. I’m sure some folks with expensive built-in outdoor gas grills may have better luck with this but me? I don’t have that. I’ve learned to love  a flame that acts like a mischievous child — give it the right upbringing and it behaves. Ignore and neglect it and it”ll disappoint you and disappear.

When I head outdoors to cook I’m usually armed with very little other than food & tongs. There might be a spray bottle near to keep flare-ups down but I like to keep it simple during summer. Those big and bold warm-weathered flavors don’t really need a lot of fuss. I think a perfect example of this is grilled corn, its sweet flavor really only needs a little bit of salt and pepper. Or a simple vinaigrette that we whipped up last weekend when testing a few recipes. Corn is grilled, drizzled with vinaigrette and then sprinkled with feta. It’s a riff on one of my favorite salads and it works marvelously.

Grilled Corn with Feta & Lime Vinaigrette

No no no, I am not about to give you measurements for this because my brain is full from writing recipes for a book. But trust me, it’s not hard to do. Grill corn to your liking, with husk or without, soaked or not. Once cooked, drizzle or brush with a vinaigrette that’s two parts olive oil to one part fresh lime juice and just a tiny bit of lime zest. Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese and chopped cilantro on top, season with a bit of cracked black pepper and salt if you’d like. That’s it. It couldn’t be easier.

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Maria May 26, 2010 at 8:33 am

Perfect for any summer bbq. I love the feta and lime combo!

smoovebert May 26, 2010 at 8:35 am

cannot wait to try this.

Becky May 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

I made a similar recipe last year out of gourmet magazine and it was absolutely the best corn I’ve ever had!

Jessica May 26, 2010 at 8:42 am

Gorgeous photo! I love grilled corn. I bet the feta/cilantro combo is tasty.

Richard Morales May 26, 2010 at 8:44 am

Shame on you, and your awesomeness. This post is making me so hungry…and its only 8:43AM!

Nancy Singleton Hachisu May 26, 2010 at 8:44 am

Matt, I love the “recipe” style–so eclectic, yet so filled with passion and promise. We are still about one month away from having corn, but I’m thinking of my grilled corn and about making some feta. I’ve missed your voice in the recent cookbook series. It is so wonderful to hear your oh, so unique take on life and food. This post is one of the best I’ve read. Thanks for your inspiration. Nancy

ravenouscouple May 26, 2010 at 8:49 am

this reminds us of the elotes, but personally love the lime vinaigrette instead of mayo

Dawn May 26, 2010 at 8:51 am

We recently did something similar in a cooking class with grilled corn except instead of the marinade we mixed feta with mayonnaise and some chipotle pepper powder. Students initially made faces but then asked for seconds. A delightful way to dress up corn!

Stephanie May 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

I think you read my mind! I had something very similar at a Mexican restaurant in New York last summer and was just thinking about how wonderful it was, eating grilled corn with lime and cheese, while perched on a crowded sidewalk at the end of a long, hot day. Thanks for this!

Nicole @ cookingafterfive May 26, 2010 at 8:55 am

This looks AMAZING! Definitely want to try it this summer!

Kristina May 26, 2010 at 9:39 am

OMG when I first saw this picture, I thought it was salt on the corn!
Great accompaniment to the BBQ books. I can soooo taste this!
Too bad I can’t celebrate Memorial Day wichall.

Liane May 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I can’t stop staring at the way you tied the husk! That is gorgeous! I am planning a dinner party in my mind right now just so I can present corn in that fashion. Do you have a certain way of securing it around the back?

Lori @ RecipeGirl May 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

This is some sexy shit. I love it!

bunkycooks May 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm

We just grilled some corn last evening, but now I will have to have some tonight after seeing this! What a neat idea to tie the husks in a know. I love the simplicity of summer meals and all the grilling opportunities so I can stay out of the kitchen.

Kasey May 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm

This is exactly what I need for my camping trip this summer! Glory.

Richard Stevens May 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm

We love grilled corn at our house!!! Will have to try the Feta and lime Vin.
Awesome photo as usual!!

Jessica May 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Love the flavoring idea for the corn! I can’t seem to get beyond salt and pepper! My boys will love it! ;-D

linda May 27, 2010 at 3:54 am

that food stylist of yours really did a number on those husks. perfectly wrapped. + the lime on top + the surface. beautiful. can’t wait to try this as soon as i get grilling!

Nancy May 27, 2010 at 6:37 am

Ooooo… Just seeing the first corn coming out of the fields here in Texas. I have never put feta on my grilled corn!!! This looks fabulous and since I have some feta in the fridge it is going right on my corn tonite!!!

The French May 27, 2010 at 8:30 am

This is getting an official invite to my holiday menu this weekend. Sounds delicious. Thanks!

Mia May 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm

This is great with cotija cheese too!

180|360 May 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

YUM! Perfect and simple.

Cheryl Arkison May 28, 2010 at 7:51 am

Oh lord, that sounds fantastic. We are still months away from fresh corn here, but I’ll be remembering this inspiration.

Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle May 29, 2010 at 7:28 am

Sounds fresh, easy and tasty…all why I love to grill; year round and in CO that means I’ve been out there in snow! Not as important but part of the love of grilling? Cleanup…I rarely have a roasting pan that has to be managed after I’m too full to want to bother with dishes!

Mariel May 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Made this tonight and it was excellent!! love the lime w/ feta and cilantro! yummy!

Dana May 30, 2010 at 6:57 am

Isn’t it great how corn can be so good dressed up or dressed down? It’s good for so many different occasions.

kitchen tables May 30, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I thought corn will only taste good with butter! I never thought of your combination. Thanks for the idea.

The Teacher Cooks May 31, 2010 at 11:48 am

Corn and feta cheese that is a lovely combination especially grilled corn. Simple!

shelby June 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

oh baby!

Sweet Harvest June 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

Hello gorgeous! Look at that corn! I can’t say I’ve ever tried the lime feta combo. I’ll be making this the minute corn hits our market! Looks amazing!

Natanya @ Fete and Feast June 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm

The simplicity is just beautiful. It allows all of the flavors to shine and it reminds people that not everything needs a recipe. It will be a great showcase for our local Texas corn.

TJ June 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Grilled corn on the cob with a lime vinaigrette what could be better.
Alright it’s time to fire up the grill.

Dana Slatkin July 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm

It’s 91 degrees F. with a heat index of 104 F. this early evening. But I think I’ll send hubby outside anyway, to grill us some of this corn. It’ll be worth it. Even he will think so.

rsp2538 July 24, 2010 at 2:51 am


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