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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Corn and Cucumber Picnic Salad

It's hot out folks, time for nice cool salads... This Corn and Cucumber Picnic Salad is an easy side dish that uses up some prolific summer veggies. The easy part comes from Italian salad dressing that's brightened up a bit with some fresh lemon juice. I'd consider this an odds-n-ends type salad, if you only have a couple ears of corn just add a little more cucumber. You could also add pasta, tomatoes and maybe a little jalapeno... Want to make it more of a main dish? Adding chicken would be nice, or a drained and rinsed can of black beans would be a colorful vegetarian option.
The original recipe small diced everything the size of the corn. I went with a chunkier salad and used steamed frozen corn. 
Reviews say the recipe made a lot of dressing, I'll list my modifications below, you can click the link for the original.
Half of the original recipe (approximately what I listed below) will easily feed 4+ people as a side dish.

Corn and Cucumber Picnic Salad-adapted from Love Foodies
3 ears of fresh or 1 1/2 C frozen corn, cooked and cooled, kernels cut from cob if fresh corn
Approx 1 1/2 cucumbers, peeled if desired and chunked-I had x-large pickling cukes and deseeded them
1/2 small green bell pepper, diced or sliced thin
1/2 small red bell pepper, diced or sliced thin
1/2 small onion, diced or sliced thin
1/4 C + 1 Tblsp Italian Dressing-I like Good Seasons
1 Tblsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vinegar-I used cider vinegar
1 tsp sugar
few hearty grinds black pepper
salt to taste-I added a very small pinch
~Mix everything well, chill for at least two hours before serving. I gave my Lock-N-Lock bowl a flip upside down each time I opened the fridge.

Stay cool, eat well and have a happy day:@)

11 comments:

  1. This sounds very refreshing and great for barbecues. Thank you :)

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  2. My sister would love this...she loves tangy dishes! Hugs!

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  3. I make a summer salad very much like this but didn't have corn. I would love to make it and add the corn!

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  4. We were both on the same wavelength today! Your salad looks so fresh and tasty. I have some cukes that need to be eaten--this would be perfect!

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  5. This sounds great Lynn! I love the idea of adding black beans and pasta too :)

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  6. The salad sounds nice and crunchy, and yet colorful, and flavorful, too. I can see adding some chicken, like you mentioned, for a main dish.

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  7. Yum, and so smart to add lemon to the Italian dressing Lynn, I must try that!
    Jenna

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  8. This is delicious...I make a version close to it. I add pasta. Love the addition of lemon, too!

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