Tuesday, May 31, 2016

El Rancho Corn Salad

I love traveling to my friends ranch in far west Texas. It is a long drive from the cottage to the ranch, but every mile worth it when you finally arrive. The ranch is just beautiful and the tables are always full of the most delicious food. Their recipes are a mix of Tex-Mex and Southwest flavors, which of course is one of our favorites. My friends ranch is the inspiration for El Rancho Corn Salad and is full of a great blend of spices and flavors that will leave you wanting more.

El Rancho Corn Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
El Rancho Corn Salad A Blend of 
Southwest and Tex-Mex Flavor

El Rancho Corn Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

El Rancho Corn Salad
Miz Helen's Kitchen
6 cups fresh cut corn or frozen corn
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and whole
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 cup mayonnaise with lemon
1 tablespoons lime juice
zest of 1 lime
3/4 cup red onion,chopped fine
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped fine
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
dash to taste Tabasco Sauce
2 cups Feta Cheese
Cilantro for Garnish
If you are using fresh corn, cut it from the corn making sure that all the silk is removed. If using frozen corn put it in the colander and run cold water over it to take the frost from the kernels. Then make sure the corn has no excess water before putting in the skillet. As the corn is drying, put the sauce together.
For The Sauce:
In a medium size mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, lime juice, lime zest,onion, bell peppers, jalapeno,cilantro, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder, and Tabasco, mix until completely blended, this will be very thick. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese (reserving 1 cup for garnish), making sure not to break it up to much.  Set the sauce aside to rest, do not leave out of the refrigerator over 20 minutes, if it is longer than that refrigerate until time to use.
Cook The Corn
In a heavy skillet ( I use my iron skillet) pour the vegetable oil in and place the peeled whole garlic pods in the oil. Cook the garlic pods until they begin to turn brown, then remove them.
Add the corn to the hot garlic oil and begin to cook the corn keeping it at a high heat so we can char the corn and bring out the wonderful flavor of the corn.
As the corn begins to char, add the salt, pepper, and cayenne to the corn and stir from the bottom of the skillet to get all the smoky char into the corn.
When the corn has charred add the sauce and mix with the corn completely.
Pour the corn mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with the reserved 1 cup of cheese and fresh cilantro.
Serve hot or cold
Refrigerate after serving.

Let's Make This Salad

Starting With Beautiful Whole Kernel Corn 

El Rancho Corn Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Char In A Iron Skillet In Garlic Oil

El Rancho Corn Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Add The Wonderful Sauce

El Rancho Corn Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Now It's Ready To Serve

El Rancho Corn Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Serve As A Great Side

El Rancho Corn Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


El Rancho Corn Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Many thanks to our friend who always makes us feel so special when we visit the ranch and inspiring me to keep on cooking! Thank you for stopping by today to spend some time in the kitchen with us today I just love our visits.Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen


  1. That looks so delicious and colorful!

  2. I love all these flavors, and the petty colors.

  3. What a delicious salad for the wonderful picnics to come. xo

  4. Mz. Helen,
    I love the colors and the loavors in your beautiful dish.

  5. Helen, my family would go crazy over this with the peppers and cilantro. Definitely going to make this. :)

  6. I love a corn salad in the summer time - so simple and so fresh! And I love the flavors you added here :)

  7. What a colorful, beautiful dish. My husband would love this. Will make for sure

  8. Fantastic salad for any occasion!
    It looks colorful and tempting :)

  9. This is just the type of recipe my family has been loving lately. Thanks for sharing it!

  10. Yum, yum, yum - loving this bright delicious salad!! I wanted to pop by and do some extra sharing and also let you know I'll be featuring it this week on #FoodieFriDIY - stop by and share again soon!

  11. Helen, I just saw this on Foodie Friday and so glad I came over to find out how to make it! Sounds delicious!! Linda

  12. Congratulations...your awesome post has been featured in this weeks Friday Favorites linky party!!
    Be sure to share via your social media...and THANKS for linking up.

  13. Miz Helen, this looks SO good - I can't wait to try it!
    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy.
    I am featuring you and your recipe at this week's party! :-)
    (Week #232)

  14. Delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

  15. This looks so good! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/06/sunday-showcase-make-pretty-monday-6-7.html Have a lovely week, my friend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. Yummy, yummy! Love corn salads and I like the way your recipe is different from the others that I've seen. Thank you for joining Delicious Dishes Recipe Party. Hope to see you again tomorrow!


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