Happy Father's Day a day late! For all those corny jokes your dad told you, mortifying you in front of your friends, I give you this fresh corn salad. The hardest part is getting the corn off the cob, but remember that little trick I taught you? And you will need a food processor or a blender to make the pesto.
Fresh Corn Salad with Cilantro/Pepita Pesto
Kernels from 6 ears corn
1 medium carrot, cut in a 1/8" dice
1/2 cup cilantro pepita pesto
Mix, season to taste.
Cilantro Pepita Pesto
1 bunch cilantro, rinsed and spun dry
1/2 cup pepitas toasted in a skillet, shaking frequently, until lightly browned
Place cilantro and pepitas in food processor and puree. Add grapeseed oil in a thin stream until desired consistency.
I served this salad with leftover BBQ chicken and melon for an easy summer dinner. It also is great as a salsa on quesadillas. Maddy asked me recently, "where can I buy pepitos." Pepito is the little boy in the Madeleine books, pepitas are shelled pumpkin seeds--usually available in bulk section of a good grocery store or Latin market. If you buy them roasted and salted adjust seasoning accordingly and skip the toasting step.