Summer is here! My favorite season. Flip flops, the ocean, tan lines, fireflies and this grilled corn and asparagus salad are just some of the reasons why I love summer. Recently I’ve become obsessed with grilling, which is a good thing because it’s grill weather. I think, for a while, I was slightly intimidated by the grill. I always let my dad or brother do the grilling when I lived at home and when I moved out I lived in an apartment, where having an outdoor grill wasn’t allowed. Now that I have a house and my own grill, I fire it up pretty much all summer long. It’s a great and simple way to get awesome flavor into food.
For Father’s Day, I grilled some sirloin steaks with salt, pepper (and…sshhh…a little bit of butter) and everyone raved about them. They all kept asking me what I marinated the steak in. That’s the magic of the grill, and salt of course. The steaks were a hit but they shared the spotlight with this grilled corn and asparagus salad. It’s the perfect side dish for any summer dinner, picnic or barbecue. It’s also made up of only five ingredients, plus salt and pepper, which I declare freebies.
Grilled corn and asparagus salad
Only five ingredients and super easy
Preheat your grill to medium heat.
Remove all the husks and silk from the corn. Slather the corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Trim the asparagus by cutting off the tough ends. Coat them in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place the corn on the grill and close it. Rotate the corn every 2-3 minutes until the corn kernels are lightly charred all over. Set to the side and cover with foil to keep warm.
Place the asparagus carefully on the grill. Cook for two minutes and carefully use tongs to flip them over for another 1-2 minutes. You want them to have nice grill marks.
Using a sharp knife, cut the kernels off of each corn cob and place in a bowl.
Cut the grilled asparagus into 1 inch pieces and add them to the bowl with the corn.
Add the feta cheese crumbles, the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive to the corn and asparagus while they are still warm and toss to combine. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
**Grill temperatures vary. If you are using a grill pan inside, the corn and asparagus will take longer to cook.