Thursday, August 11, 2022

Mexican Street Corn and Sausage Salad with a Vino Blanc #ImprovCookingChallenge #WinePW

This scrumptious salad was a wonderful way to enjoy the sweet corn so abundant in Michigan right now.  I paired it with a Spanish Vino Blanc from Coopers Hawk Winery.

Mexican Street Corn Salad and Wine

It's Wine Pairing Weekend..................

Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla is hosting this month and sent out this invitation.
Let's celebrate the summer's bounty by creating a pairing for veggies that you might find in your seasonal CSA box or your local farmers' market. Any varietal or region goes!

Regular readers of my blog know that come corn season my husband wants to have it every single day and twice a day if he had his druthers.   I like corn but once a week is fine by me.  This means that I am constantly on the lookout for new corn recipes so that I can make us both happy.  This meal fit the bill.

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This meal was also perfect for our Improv Cooking Challenge that has Corn and Peppers as the ingredients this month by combining the corn with the roasted red pepper.  Let's take a look at more Corn and Pepper combinations........

Improv Cooking Challenge

Corn & Peppers

Sausage and Corn

I brushed the corn with olive oil and scattered some salt and pepper over it.  Then, as I was opening the sausage for Frank to put on the grill with the corn, he noticed it was "GASP" turkey smoked sausage.  He took it out to the grill, muttering under his breath.  It was going ot be one of those kinds of nights.


I opened a bottle of Coopers Hawk Abrillante Vino Blanc and poured myself a glass.  It was going to be one of those kinds of nights.

ingredients for salad

Then I whisked together the remaining ingredients for the salad so that I could add the corn and sausage when it was done grilling.


I noted that the wine which is made with 100% Verdejo grapes was crisp and citrusy with just enough grapefruit bitterness to keep me happy.  It was going to be one of those kinds of nights.

Verdejo originated in North Africa and was taken to the Rueda region of Spain in the 11th century where it was used to make sherry like wines.  It is now grown almost exclusively in Spain and is a gorgeous wine that may just put Sauv Blanc and Pinot Grigio to the test.  

It has some grassiness like a Sauv Blanc but more citrus.  I understand that this grape ages well and that the flavors change as it ages.  I am going to have to use some of my membership points at Coopers Hawk to get a couple of more bottles to test that theory.

Because of the citrus flavors I thought it would pair well with the Mexican Street Corn Salad that is flavored with lime.  I was right.  It was going to be one of those kinds of nights.

Mexican Street Corn and Sausage Salad

Frank came in with a tray filled with perfectly cooked corn and sausage.  I poured him a glass of wine and we clinked a toast before he set to taking the corn off of the cob and I started slicing the sausage into coins.  

We took our glasses to the table with us and sat down to dinner.  We took a bite and noted how sweet, creamy and delicious the corn was and how the sausage was perfect in it.  Then we took a sip of our wine, smiled and clinked another toast.  It was going to be one of those kind of nights.

The Wine Pairing Weekend group will be getting together with Camilla on Saturday morning to talk about the wines that we opened and paired with our summer bounty.  We will be on Twitter Chat at 11 AM ET and would love to have you join in the discussion.  You will find us by following #WinePW. 

Here are some of the topics..........

Hope to see you there!!

Main Course Salads, Pork, Sausage, Corn, Mexican, Entrees
Entrees, Salads, Main Course Salads
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Mexican Street Corn and Sausage Salad

Mexican Street Corn and Sausage Salad

This scrumptious salad is a wonderful way to enjoy the sweet corn so abundant in Michigan right now.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 pkg. Smoked Sausage
  • 4 ears sweet corn, shucked
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 roasted red pepper, diced
  • handful cilantro, chopped
  • 4 scallions, white and light green sections, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. paprika
  • 2 T. sour cream
  • 2 T. Miracle Whip
  • 1/2 c. crumbled Cotija cheese


  1. Brush the corn with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a grill to med high, and place the corn on the grates along with the sausage.
  3. Grill until lightly charred,the corn is tender, and the sausage is crisp in spots, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, toss together the onion, peppers, cilantro, scallions, jalapeno, and avocado.
  5. Mix together the lime juice, sour cream, Miracle Whip, cumin and paprika. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  6. Pour the sour cream mixture over the vegetables along with the cheese and gently fold together.
  7. Slice the sausage into coins. Remove the kernals of corn from the cob and add it to the bowl of vegetables along with the sausage.
  8. Gently fold the ingredients together and serve.


Adapted from a recipe by Eckrich.

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  1. Hahahaha "it was going to be one of those nights" I love it! The salad sounds delicious. I am definitely going to try this ASAP!

  2. That looks phenomenal, I love a corn salad but I'd never thought of making it an entree. It sounds delightful with smoked sausage.

  3. I like corn, too, but I'm with you: once a week during corn season is plenty! LOL. I can't wait to try this recipe.

  4. I love corn and with sausage this looks yum!

  5. Your salad looks and sound delectable Wendy. Well done on the pairing as well!


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