Grilled Corn and Kale Salad

When we want to work, we work

When we want to play, we play

In a happy setting, we’re getting

Some fun out of life

-Billie Holiday

Lost in the warm breeze, a beer in my hand, huddled over the grill with my man. These are the moments where I’m perfectly satisfied with where I am in this big, beautiful world.  There’s a sense of freedom that takes over and all my nerves are calmed.

Our days are long and busy, filled with e-mails and text messages, Tweets and “likes,” that I take comfort in this time Eric and I spend together cooking and chatting, drinking and laughing.

I know this summer has been a hot one, but I’m not ready for it to end.  I’m going to hold onto it for as long as I can… and I’m going to do it with food.  When the tomatoes and corn no longer grace the shelves, it’s going to be hard.  So, for now, let’s enjoy every morsel… or, in this case, every kernel.

Grilled Corn and Kale Salad with Basil-Lime Dressing

Serves 4-6


8 ears of corn, husked

1 bunch of kale, washed, stemmed and julienned

1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Zest of 1 lime (organic)

Juice of 2 limes

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons basil, chiffonade


Red pepper flakes (optional)



1. Grill the corn over high heat until all the sides are browned.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, and basil.

3. In a serving bowl, add the kale and tomatoes.

4. Shave the grilled corn and add the kernels to the bowl.  Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

5. Season with salt and red pepper flakes and let sit for 15 minutes before serving (this will cure the kale and make it less tough).



  • August 7, 2012 - 9:01 am

    Eliana - If it meant that I could hold on to foods like corn, I would endure the summer heat forever. Looks awesome Brian.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Kristen - I totally hear you – finding reprieve in our loves in a slower moment, a quieter day is so nice. This recipe? Even nicer. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:01 am

    alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - I love everything about this!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Mei - goooooorgeous photos! summer corn is the best ever.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:13 am

    Maria - I am coming over for lunch!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:37 am

    Russell van Cornenburg - I absolutely adore grilled corn. It’s like you channeled us Texans in this post. And then kale, my favoritest of all. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:50 am

    Cara - I love how you balanced out the raw kale (which I like) with the grilled corn (which I LOVE)!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:53 am

    Shaina - I’m with you. I hate when summer comes to a close, even when summer is crazy hot. Gorgeous salad. I think I figured out what to do with the kale in my garden…at least some of it.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Kiran @ - Love this refreshing salad!! Though, I’m sad that summer is ending soon :(ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 12:23 pm

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Umuuguuuuh. That looks insane. I’ll just open my mouth and you can shovel it in, m’kay?ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - I love seeing new ways to use kale. This is a perfect way to hold onto summer a little longer. Who am I kidding? My summer will be hanging on here for months to come;)Lovely salad, Brian:)xxReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Heidi @foodiecrush - I’m with you, it’s gone way too fast! Love this fresh salad, kale is my new superhero. Next to you of course.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    Eileen - That salad sounds seriously amazing! Looks like I need to actually drag the grill out of the garage this weekend. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Grilled corn is too good for words! This salad sounds and looks fabulous. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Katie | Healthnut Foodie - Wow! This looks so great! Last night, we served a roasted corn salad and a massaged kale salad. How did it never occur to me to combine the two?!?

    Thanks for sharing! I’m new here and found you through Tastespotting!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    foodwanderings - I love this lime basil combination and got corn here too. Screaming summer this brightly fresh salad, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Bunkycooks - We must definitely take advantage of the fresh corn while it’s in season. It is one of my favorite summer foods, too.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    Becca from It's Yummilicious - Oh my goodness, Brian… I just want to reach through the monitor and devour that beautiful salad! I LOVE freshly roasted corn!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    Michelle @Amourbeurre - This looks delicious, and so refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnn. . . I LOVES me some Corn and Kale Salad.

    Vegetales son manna de diosReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    Sneh | Cook Republic - You are right! Love and food (in that order) are the only two things worth living for :-)ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 10:35 pm

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - Now this is something I’d eat during my pregnancy, but maybe without the kale 😉ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 11:13 pm

    Deb - What a vibrant summer salad! Just scrumptious, full of flavor and seasonal ingredients. I’m charmed!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2012 - 11:41 pm

    Monet - Isn’t it amazing how we can “hold onto” the seasons with food? This corn and kale salad looks lovely, my friend. I wish I could have had this for dinner (instead of leftovers!) Thanks for sharing. Hugs and love to both you and Eric!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 1:53 am

    Katie - Mmmm, this looks so good! I love the flavour of grilled corn, and with crunchy kale in a salad? Yum! The dressing sounds amazing as well. Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 3:31 am

    Sweetsugarbelle - This is gorgeous, Brian, the whole scene really…I never really have thought to eat kale without boiling it to death. Excited to try this!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 4:07 am

    Ann Mah - Is it just me, or does time fly faster as a grownup?! Thanks for the reminder to enjoy each kernel, one bite at a time… and in such a beautiful, delicious way!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 7:44 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - This salad looks delicious! Beer, BBQ and Boyfriend sounds like a brilliant combination!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 8:17 am

    Joanne - I’m fairly certain that I couldn’t be more in love with this salad! It has all of my favorite summer veggies…kale, corn, and basil. And it’s so light and healthy! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 9:14 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - I’m not ready for the summer to be over either :(
    But this salad looks like perfection!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 9:43 am

    Lori @ RecipeGirl - What a beautiful salad! Love grilled corn salad and love kale salad, so why not combine w/ a yummy dressing. Nice job on this one!!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 9:45 am

    MikeVFMK - You picked the right way to hold on to summer. Grilled corn anything is brilliant. But using it in a salad with kale is just perfect. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    lizzie - strayed from the table - This salad looks really beautiful, great for summer.ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 3:18 am

    This and That | Two Peas & Their Pod - […] To balance out all of the brownies, here is a killer kale salad for you. Make it. Love […]ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 7:31 am

    Angie@Angie's Recipes - This looks incredibly tasty and healthy as well.ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 9:16 am

    swati - wow, I’m a salad fan, this looks great, would love to try it!ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    Winnie - This is really gorgeous Brian! I am going to make it for dinner tomorrow…we have some vegetarian friends coming over and it will be the perfect salad :)ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - looks delicious, can’t wait to try it.ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    sippitysup - “Cooking and chatting, drinking and laughing”. I just like the way you live (and write). GREGReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2012 - 10:30 pm

    Sharyn Dimmick - This might be good — depends on how well the dressing changes the flavor of the kale…ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2012 - 9:39 am

    Alana - I LOVE GRILLED CORN! This salad is ticking all my boxes… it looks so seasonal, fresh and wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    Ilke - Summer is going way too fast. For the first time, the tomatoes did not look like the summer tomatoes at the Farmer’s Stand yesterday. It was sad.

    I am happy to see one more different way to use kale. Will think about this recipe next time I come home with a big bunch. Enjoy your calm moments.ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2012 - 4:16 pm

    Jeanette - I am savoring every last bite of summer too – I always look forward to all the fresh summer produce. What a simply beautiful salad – definitely giving this a try.ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2012 - 7:54 am

    melissa@IWasBornToCook - Putting this on my “must make” short list!ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - I need to eat more kale… I have never been brave enough to try it raw in a salad (though, I have blended it into a few smoothies lately). I think this is a great recipe to start with especially since we have gorgeous fresh corn from our CSA this week!ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    Sihi - Beautiful! Love the salad!


  • August 17, 2012 - 7:32 am

    Aggie - What a beautiful vibrant healthy salad. I would go to town on a bowl of this.
    Those moments away from the emails, tweets & likes are pretty precious aren’t they?ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    Nancy - What a great recipe for all that gorgeous but so bountiful I am running out of ideas for it kale! Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • August 6, 2014 - 11:29 pm

    Matthew Leff - add some Cojita cheese for an added bonusReplyCancel

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