Posted on 07/21/2010

Summer is here and so is the Corn! Whether steamed, boiled or grilled, everyone loves corn on the cob. My family loves it with flax oil and a sprinkle of salt.

Of the grass family, corn on the cob is the edible seed and is referred to as a cereal grain. People allergic to grasses should consider whether corn and corn derivatives are affecting their health. Are they compounding seasonal allergy symptoms? Are they a constant, year around, allergy symptom producer?

Corn is full of nutrients. It is a good source of folic acid, potassium, thiamine, plus magnesium, pantothenic acid, vit C, phosphorus, niacin, zinc, riboflavin and fiber.

As with all cereal grains corn does not contain all 8 of the essential amino acids. The essential amino acids must be obtained from food as our bodies are not able to synthesize them on their own. To have a balanced protein intake the deficit in lysine and tryptophan must be compensated for. Beans do the job.

The recipe that follows is another way my family loves to enjoy corn. It can be a complete meal or side salad for a Mexican Fiesta! Whether I'm using up leftover corn on the cob or grilling it fresh, this salad is a winner.

CaveChick's Summer Corn Salad

4 ears fresh corn on the cob, grilled
2 avocado, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
3-4 Tbls Flax oil
Juice of 1 Lemon
Fresh Cilantro, to taste
salt/pepper to taste (optional)
Corn chips

Grill corn. I prefer to grill with a few husks on the cob to give the corn a little smokey flavor. Usually takes about 5 mins per side. Remove corn from grill. Let cool. Cut kernels from cob. Place in bowl.

Add diced avocado, black beans, Flax oil, lemon juice and cilantro. Fold gently. Add salt/pepper if desired. Fold to mix.

Serve with your favorite corn chips.

Note: I like to use corn chips that have been prepared with lime. This increases the available niacin in the corn and is richer in calcium.

Serving option: Place your favorite lettuce on a serving plate. Sprinkle lettuce with some fresh lime/lemon juice. Place 1/2 cup CaveChick's Summer Corn Salad on top. Sprinkle top with crushed corn chip. Yum!