Fresh Summer Corn Salsa

by Kiran on July 16, 2013 · 100 comments

in Salads, Snack

Hi friends!

How’s summer treating ya?

I’m totally loving this time of the year but it’s hard to maintain all the excitement throughout the day due to the fact that it has been pouring down rain every single day.

Even more impossible to go out and grill. So I’m bringing summer onto my plate from the coziness and comfort of my dull and dark kitchen.

Fresh Summer Corn Salsa | KiranTarun.com/Food

Shucking fresh corn, slicing through yummy corn kernels, eating it all by the fistful definitely brings back so many childhood memories.

Except in those memories, there weren’t any corn kernel clean-ups involved. There’s a trick to slicing corn kernels and collecting it all into a bundt pan, but I don’t own one. And if you do, you need to try this trick.

It’ll save you precious time and skin moisturizer due to the need of recuperating your hands from all the clean-ups. Trust me, you don’t want to spend your summer collecting strayed corn kernels all over the kitchen.

Fresh Summer Corn Salsa | KiranTarun.com/Food

You can definitely grill a lot of ingredients here, but I love the idea of savoring fresh summer ingredients in every morsel. A little bit of sweetness from corn, a bite of onion, a hint of warmth from toasted cumin.

This salsa is different. There’s texture and robust flavors. It’s not a soggy salsa, or a salsa that would make any chips way too soggy.

Apparently, soggy food makes my head spin. That is not a good thing, my friend. But this salsa is, so go and make it.

Fresh Summer Corn Salsa | KiranTarun.com/Food

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ears of fresh corn
  • 1/2 heaping cup of grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 green chilies (or 1 jalapeno), finely diced
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp toasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 heaping tbsp chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. Slice kernels from fresh corn. Add all ingredients into a huge bowl. Toss and serve immediately with chips and icy cold beverage.

 

Fresh Summer Corn Salsa | KiranTarun.com/Food

Hope your week is off to a great start. If its pouring down rain, don’t allow it to damper your appetite for a delicious summer indulgence :)

Do you have any kitchen tips/tricks to share?

 

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1 Rosa July 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

So appetizing, colorful and refreshing! A delightful summer salsa.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Rosa — thanks friend :)

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3 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You July 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM

What a fresh and tasty salsa, ideal for parties, games, and picnics on summer days. Love it!
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4 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Denise — thank you and yes, perfect for all the activities :)

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5 Jennifer July 16, 2013 at 10:46 AM

yum! love the newspaper texture too
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6 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Jennifer — thanks sweet friend :)

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7 Ash-foodfashionparty July 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Fresh salsa is perfect and yes and the cleanup is not:)…but so so worth it.

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8 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Ash — ditto!

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9 Asmita July 16, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Hi Kiran,
This looks so fresh and yum. I make something very similar to this. I love sweet corn that’s grilled. I need to update my grill. It’s broken.
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10 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Hi Asmita — i love grilling corn too but its raining cats and dogs everyday and all i want is corn, grilled or without. hope you get your grill mended soon :)

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11 Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today July 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

You’re killing me, I’m so hungry! Summer treats me too good and sometimes I forget to eat :)
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12 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Marta — eat friend, you need to eat other than breakfast too ;)

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13 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com July 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

This corn salsa looks so refreshing! Love the spice the two green chillies will add :)
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14 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Shashi — thanks and yes, can’t skip green chilies or jalapenos in salsa :)

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15 Shibi Thomas July 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Loved the 3rd snap!!! Salad looks summery. Tell me about the rain…we too got too much rain this year compared to last year here in Ohio.
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16 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Shibi — thank you so much! and yes, the rain just wouldn’t stop. Sigh :D

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17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Salsa is a daily snack for me so I’m pretty sure I could inhale this in one sitting… gorgeous, summery clicks! :)
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18 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 7:28 AM

Laura — haha, me too. and thank you!

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19 Mr. & Mrs. P July 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Kiran this corn salsa is wonderful!!! There is so many ways we would use it… Love that it has some heat to it from the jalapeños!
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20 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Christy — thanks my dear. salsa is never complete without heat :)

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21 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker July 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Your corn salsa screams summer Kiran, even if you guys are having rain. Love how vibrant and pretty this looks. YUM! :) Have a great week!
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22 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Anne — thank you so much friend. hope you are having a great weekend :)

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23 Laura July 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

This looks great! Can’t wait try it! Lovely ingredients!
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24 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Laura — thanks and hope you enjoy it! let me know how it tastes :)

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25 Patty July 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM

So beautiful! I can’t get enough fresh corn this time of year ;)
I’m going to try your recipe on some grilled chicken and I may just make myself an icy drink like the one in your photo!
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26 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Patty — thanks so much, friend! i love your idea about pairing this with grilled chicken. An icy drink on the side is just what the doctor ordered ;)

Enjoy!

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27 Amy Tong July 17, 2013 at 3:43 AM

I love your fresh corn salsa on rainy days. It’s been too hot and sunny out here so I’ve done my fair share of grilling. ;) I think it’ll be nice for a change with this fresh corns treat! Hope you’ll get some sun shine your way soon.
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28 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Amy — send some sunshine my way, please :D

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29 Kelly July 17, 2013 at 4:06 AM

I love this corn salsa, it looks so fresh and fabulous! Great colorful summer dish and recipe, thanks for sharing Kiran :)
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30 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Kelly — and thank you :)

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31 cquek July 17, 2013 at 4:21 AM

Oh and that is on gorgeous plate. Those colors. Wow!

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32 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

CQuek — thank you so much :)

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33 Sissi July 17, 2013 at 5:07 AM

Salsa is not the word we hear often in Europe (unless we go to one of the rare Mexican restaurants), so for me it looks like a wonderful summer salad! Canned corn is a part of my non-leaf and leaf salads all year round, so it’s time to try fresh corn too! I love the idea of serving it raw (I have recently only discovered how good green long beans are raw! nothing in common with the ones I have blanched).
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34 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Sissi — salad or salsa, it’s equally delish! best with fresh corn :)

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35 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 17, 2013 at 7:16 AM

I wish we were in the midst of summer with a bowl of this in front of me! :D
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36 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Lorraine — soon my friend :)

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37 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Pouring rain?! BOO!! Hopefully it gets better soon. This salsa looks fabulous!!
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38 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Katrina — yeah. i hope so too! thanks :)

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39 Kitchen Belleicious July 17, 2013 at 8:16 AM

I could eat this everyday! i love corn and to be able to dip and eat it makes it even more fun and appealing. The pictures are just beautiful

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40 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Jessica — me too. and thanks, friend :)

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41 Ina gawne July 17, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Yummm such delicious looking corn salsa! I must give this recipe a try…nothing better than fresh salsa.
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42 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Ina — thanks friend. do let me know how it tastes :)

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43 Shruti@PartTimeChef July 17, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Kiran, the salsa looks refreshing and inviting. Gorgeous pictures. The green background is amazing. Such beautiful placement..
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44 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Shruti — thanks dear. have fun in India :)

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45 Angie@Angie's Recipes July 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

A very tasty and appetizing salsa!
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46 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Angie — thanks friend :)

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47 ashley - baker by nature July 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

We’ve had a ton of rain this Summer, too, but this week is looking good so far! Yay for sunshine! Also, I’ll take a giant bowl of this corn salsa please!!!
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48 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Ashley — send some sunshine our way too, please ;)

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49 Barbara | Creative Culinary July 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I just love corn salsa but find that sometimes chips are overkill. Often all I need is a spoon. :)
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50 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Barbara — me too! it’s just so delish with a spoon :)

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51 Edlyn July 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Love this! I’m definitely trying this since we’re on a corn kick.
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52 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Edlyn — yay! thanks and let me know how it tastes :)

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53 dixya| food, pleasure, and health July 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

i need a bowl or two of this.
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54 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Dixya — you got it ;)

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55 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ July 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Robust and fresh flavors and no need to cook the ingredients, this is right up my alley now!
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56 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Daniela — yes, yes and oh yes!

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57 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking July 17, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Absolutely stunning photos for this scrumptious corn salsa, Kiran! Everyone needs a good recipe for this during the summer, and yours looks so delicious and easy!
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58 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Georgia — thanks friend! i love fresh uncooked salsa. it’s just that time of the year where everything tastes extra delish that way :)

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59 Nik@ABrownTable July 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I’m with you, I hate soggy food, especially soggi rotis or bread. Thanks for sharing the trick!
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60 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Nik — haha, glad i’m not alone :D

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61 The Sketched Chef July 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

This looks extremely appetizing !
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62 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 9:09 PM

TSC — thank you!

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63 CCU July 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Fresh salsa is so perfect, crispy clean and delicious :D

Cheers
CCU

P.S I will not be commenting for around 4 weeks to prepare for my exams – see you in a month :)
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64 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 9:10 PM

CCU — thanks friend and good luck in your exams! see you soon :)

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65 Juliana July 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Looks delicious this corn salsa…and so refreshing!
Hope you are having a lovely week Kiran :D
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66 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Juliana — thanks dear and hope you are having a great weekend :)

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67 john@kitchenriffs July 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Lovely recipe! I like corn by itself or in any dish I’ve ever had it in. This salsa looks terrific – I’ve made corn salsa before, but it’s been years. Truly nice – thanks.
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68 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 9:14 PM

John — thanks friend, and you need to make corn salsa soon :)

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69 Wizzy July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

One of my all time favourite summer salads
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70 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Wizzy — yay! thanks friend :)

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71 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies July 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Yes, what is with the rain lately?! Gosh, I am so tired of it. I know I constantly say this, but OMG I LOVE THESE PHOTOS! I really admire your ability to tell a story with your photographs.
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72 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Kiersten — thanks so much my friend. and i hope the rain just stop. now :D

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73 Coffee and Crumpets July 17, 2013 at 10:15 PM

My family is big on salsas and chips! My son can work his way through a whole jar of spicy salsa. Your corn salsa looks great and definitely worth the corn shucking. I put a small bowl over turned inside a big bowl and cut the corn. The kernels all fall around the small bowl into the big one. Seems to work. I should try the bundt pan way.

Nazneen
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74 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Nazneen — great tip! thanks for sharing :)

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75 laurasmess July 18, 2013 at 2:13 AM

Gorgeous post as per usual Kiran! Love, love the food styling. Just beautiful :) I make a salad that’s similar to this myself. I usually serve it with some guacamole and sour cream too, mmm! xx
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76 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Laura — thanks so much sweetie :)

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77 sippitysup July 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The bundt pan trick helps, but because the tube you set the cob on is the same height as the rim of the pan a lot of kernels still go flying. I use a very large bowl with a glass set upside down un the center. The glass should come to about two inches from the top rim of the bowl. Set the cob (stem end down) on the glass then slice the kernels off. Make sure the glass is tall enough that you don’t ding your blade on the side of the bowl, but not so tall that the kernels go asunder. GREG
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78 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Greg — i guess that’s true. thanks for a great tip :)

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79 honeywhatscooking July 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM

looks so delicious Kiran. Love corn salsa… it reminds me of Chipotle. :-)
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80 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Nisha — thanks sweetie :)

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81 Lail | With A Spin July 19, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Love fresh corn salsa. Very colorful and appetizing. Like your styling too :)
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82 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Lail — thank you :)

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83 EA-The Spicy RD July 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM

No rain here, but I would love to make a giant bowl of this gorgeous corn salsa anyways! No kitchen tricks to share off the top of my head, but now you’ve got me thinking….Hope you get some dry weather soon :-)
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84 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM

EA — thank you so much. rain or shine, there’s nothing stopping us from enjoying salsa :)

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85 Nusrat Azim July 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Kiraaaaaaaan ! Just a simple Corn Salsa but how you turned it to be a bowl full of sunshine, rainbow and festivity ! The more your dreamy pictures kill me, the more I love you :)
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86 Kiran July 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Nusrat — hahaha, and i love you too :)

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87 Charul @ Tadka Masala July 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Yum salsa. This reminds me of corn bhel my Gujju neighbor used to make with lots of namkeen and other fried stuff. This is much more healthy and refreshing too! :)
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88 Kiran August 7, 2013 at 4:30 AM

Charul — thanks dear. and you are so specific about ethnicity, huh? :D

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89 Cass @foodmyfriend July 22, 2013 at 4:57 AM

Well.. we are in Winter here but I guess it’s going okay! What a great salsa :) I’m having a tomato salsa with my burritos tonight!
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90 Kiran August 7, 2013 at 4:30 AM

Cass — glad you are able to enjoy tomatoes in winter :)

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91 easyfoodsmith July 22, 2013 at 5:58 AM

Corn salsa sounds so perfect for those rainy day snacking. It has been raining here in Mumbai too and I would love to have that salsa and watch the heavens showering the blessing :-)
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92 Kiran August 7, 2013 at 4:33 AM

EFS — add a cup of steaming hot chai and we are set! :D

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93 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com July 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

What a perfect meal for a hot Summer day! Love it – so vibrant and refreshing! Pinned.
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94 Kiran September 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Julia — thank you so much, my friend :)

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95 Mary Frances July 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

These pictures really do look like summertime! You captured this delicious-looking salsa beautifully :) My stomach is growling!

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96 Kiran September 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Mary — aww, thank you so so much! hope you tamed the growling stomach :D

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97 sowmya July 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

this looks colourful and refreshing.. I love corn :) As usual nice clicks :)

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98 Kiran September 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Sowmya — thank you so much!

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99 The Duo Dishes July 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

If you don’t have a bundt pan, just put a smaller bowl upside down in a large bowl. Slice down the ear of corn, and you should be able to catch all of the kernels. It’s so annoying when they go flying everywhere! :) Love the colors of this salsa.
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100 Kiran September 13, 2013 at 11:13 AM

TDD — thank you so much for the useful tip!

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