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Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh + Scenes from the Heartland

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Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh + Scenes from the Heartland

Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh | www.kitchenconfidante.com

I nearly forgot the magnificence of the Midwestern sky. It had been over ten years, and my eyes had become accustomed to rolling hillsides green in the winter and golden in the summer, the sky a mere afterthought. Billowy clouds are a rarity in California, perhaps intimidated by the drama below.

But in the midwest, the cloud filled skies reign imposing and awe-inspiring. What the landscape lacks in elevation, it makes up in its endless fields of blue and white above. You raise your eyes and feel it swallow you whole, and the sky is as majestic as any mountain or ocean or rocky cliff.

It shelters infinite fields of summer corn and weathered red barns, and the small towns that greet you as you drive through the countryside. As we traveled through the heartland a week ago, leaving the shine of Chicago behind towards Iowa, the sun beat down on us and the fields, and it reminded me of when I first understood Woody Guthrie: As I was walking that ribbon of highway, I saw above me that endless skyway.

The heartland is grand.

Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh | Kitchen Confidante | Scenes From the Heartland
Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh | Kitchen Confidante | Scenes From the Heartland
Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh | Kitchen Confidante | Scenes From the Heartland
Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh | Kitchen Confidante | Scenes From the Heartland
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Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh | Kitchen Confidante | Scenes From the Heartland
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With summer corn in abundance, Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh is a refreshing way to take in the land of plenty. Sweet kernels of corn with the surprise of tender, ripe nectarine takes so well to a mint infused tabbouleh salad. Heaps of freshness round out each bite, making it a wonderful side to any warm weather meal.

Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh | www.kitchenconfidante.com
Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh | www.kitchenconfidante.com
Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Summer Corn and Nectarine Tabbouleh

Serves 6. | Prep: 45 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes

One of the great things about tabbouleh is that the flavors get better over time, making this a great dish for entertaining. Make it the evening before, enjoy chilled from the refrigerator, and summer meals become so much easier with company. Or if you're like me, just eat the whole bowl yourself.

Ingredients

1 cup bulgur wheat
2 ears fresh corn, grilled or steamed, kernels removed
2 ripe nectarines, pitted and cubed
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced English cucumber
3 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped mint
Juice of half a lemon
1/4 cup creme fraiche
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Prepare the bulgur by placing it in a large bowl and covering with boiling water. Let it stand for 30-45 minutes or until the bulgur has puffed up. Strain the bulgur well and place it back in the bowl.

As the bulgur rests, chop the remaining ingredients. Once the bulgur is ready, add the corn, nectarines, red onion, cucumber, scallions, cilantro and mint and give it a good stir. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, creme fraiche, garlic, olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper (about a teaspoon each), to taste. Add the dressing to the salad and stir until evenly coated. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary. Keep in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Adapted from Lemon and Fresh Herb Tabbouleh, by Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, Bonnie Sanders Polin, Ph.D., and Frances Towner Giedt, Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook via Epicurious.

Comments

    • Liren

      Thank you, Jennie! I just love colorful food, it makes everything happier :)

  1. Laura

    Beautiful photos, Liren! I want this salad for lunch so bad. I love mixing all of the beautiful stone fruit into salads right now. Just perfect.

    Reply
    • Liren

      I must say, I will be sad once the stone fruit are gone, Laura. They’ve been so wonderful in everything! Thank you :)

  2. Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet)

    What lovely photos! When we were there in June, we drove through similar areas and were counting the water towers. The skies were amazing along with the cloud formations. This salad is stunning and I bet it tasted wonderful! Hope your week is going well!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Ah yes, the water towers! That was a new sight for my kids, too :) I’m glad you were able to enjoy the landscape outside of Chicago while you were there, too!

  3. Eileen

    Well, now I miss the midwest! :) This tabbouleh sounds wonderful–totally stuffed with all the best fruits of August.

    Reply
    • Liren

      I had forgotten how much I missed the midwest, too, Eileen! It was so fun to reconnect with my favorite places.

  4. maria

    Deliciosa, la frescura de la menta y demas ingredientes. Lastima la crema de leche.

    Reply
    • Liren

      The creme fraiche is little in quantity and I assure you, a nice tangy addition. But of course, feel free to leave it out! It will still taste wonderful (and certainly be healthier).

  5. Christina

    I love these pictures. I live in Ohio, but I grew up in Nebraska and there is nothing like that expanse of blue. And then there are the sunsets, all orange and pink and gold, and the thunderstorms with the streaks of lightning. I miss it and your pictures brought it all back. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Oh yes, the sunsets and the thunderstorms! Our first evening in Chicago, the rain came through, and that morning, I awoke to the loud clap of thunder, something we sadly don’t get too often here in SF. I miss those streaks of lightning that cross the sky!

  6. Gina

    I’ve been watching your trip as it unfolds and I have to say, it’s one I want to take myself one day soon. I always thought I was more suited to the Heartland. Gorgeous photos. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
    -Gina-

    Reply
    • Liren

      I think you would like it very much, Gina, but you would miss your orchards!!! And I would miss you :)

    • Liren

      Glad it brought back memories, Erin. Those rows of hay and the weathered barns – I would have stopped at each field to photograph them if my husband let me!

  7. Suzanne

    Liren this is a lovely salad with such interesting flavors together. I always adore your photography as well, beautiful photos.

    Reply
    • Liren

      Aw, why thank you Suzanne, I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos, and the salad is definitely a new favorite of mine. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, by the way!!!

  8. Shelly

    This sounds wonderful! I love Tabbouleh and this sounds like the perfect summer edition – sweet from the fruit and savory from the corn. Can’t wait to try it!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Thank you, Shelly! The seasonal twist makes it a nice change from regular tabbouleh, for sure :)

  9. Mary@SiftingFocus

    Liren, although the skies of my childhood were those of KY, your description of the midwestern skies took me soaring home. Unlike the flat terrain of the Plains, the beautiful hills of KY offered up similar blue skies and billowy clouds. I’m pining for home but your photos allowed me a brief trip back for just a moment. And, BTW, this recipe sounds so summery, light and refreshing. YUM!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Mary, I’ve always heard that Kentucky is some gorgeous country, my husband has always spoken so highly of it. It sounds like the best of both worlds! One day…I’ll visit. I’m so glad the photos brought back a little piece of home for you.

    • Liren

      With the sun shining, it really was so vibrant, Sylvie, we were lucky to have perfect weather!

  10. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    A lot of my knowledge about the midwest comes from the movies. I feel like I already have a soundtrack that would go perfectly with a trip out to the farms. Looks like you had a really fantastic time out there.

    Such a wonderful, creative pairing, Liren! Can’t wait to give this a taste!

    Reply
    • Liren

      I know what you mean, Brian! If I had a horse and buggy it would have been a scene in Oklahoma!

  11. Viktorija

    Hi! I just made this tabbouleh and it’s absolutely gorgeous! Do you mind if I share this recipe with the readers of my blog? (will include link to your blog too).
    Thanks for a tasty lunch:)

    Reply
    • Liren

      I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the tabboleh, Viktorija! I would be happy if you shared the recipe with credit and link back :) Thank you!

  12. Vishakha

    A very interesting and creative combo – corn and nectarine. I am sure it tastes as refreshing as it looks!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Thanks so much, Vishakha, I hope you have a chance to try it soon!

  13. Jamie

    Liren, the photos are beautiful and what a stunning landscape! Awe-inspiring.. all of that land and sky stretching out to infinity. Things like that blow me away. I so want to visit the midwest with my husband… And the salad is stupendous. Why oh why don’t I ever think of putting fruit in a savory dish? What a delightful, flavorful summer meal.

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