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Red Bell Pepper and Sautéed Corn Salad with Cilantro Dressing (recipe by “Oishii!”)

Here’s the perfect side dish to go with any barbecue main–hamburgers, hotdogs, bratwursts, Italian sausages, grilled porkchops, chicken–you name it! This is by far my favorite way to use fresh corn, and if you’ve never made a homemade herb dressing before, you’re in for a treat.  It’s fun to make too! This is one of the first things I ever made with my Cuisinart Mini-Prep, my favorite little food processor. Although I’m not into kitchen gadgets, this is one I do enjoy using on occasion.

(This recipe is inspired by and adapted from Corn and Tomato Salad with Cilantro Dressing by Bon Appétit.)


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil (divided)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (packed) plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 cups fresh corn kernels (16.5 ounces)
  • 2 cups chopped red bell peppers (10.0 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped (2.25 ounces)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Make the dressing. In a small food processor combine 1/4 cup olive oil, cilantro, white wine vinegar, lime juice, and garlic.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter to the olive oil, and sauté the corn. Cool.

Add the sautéed corn, red bell peppers, and red onions to a large mixing bowl. Add dressing by the tablespoon to taste and toss the salad ingredients together. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly grated pepper. Garnish with additional fresh cilantro.

Other Ideas:  Leftover cilantro? Check out my top 9 recipes that use fresh herbs.

What’s oishii? “Oishii” (pronounced “oy she”) is the Japanese word for delicious. I love sharing great recipes I develop in my test kitchen. My inspiration comes from cooking magazines (Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Food & Wine), cookbooks, blogs, online food communities such as Chowhound.com, popular restaurants, tv shows, friends, and family.

Now it’s your turn. What are you doing with the summer bounty of fresh corn and bell peppers? We would love to hear from you if you enjoyed this post. -Michael

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