This gives a new definition to popped corn.

Karla Walsh
July 30, 2020
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Bored by your basic leafy green salads? We found a solution from an unexpected source: Cameron Diaz.

Yesterday on her Instagram account, the mom/actress/author invited us into her kitchen for a 10-minute tutorial of how to make one of her go-to summer salad recipes. It's short on ingredients but big on flavor, especially once you follow Diaz's instructions to salt with big, flaky pieces.

"The best Christmas gift I've ever received is a big bucket of Maldon salt ($6, Amazon). Not a paid advertisement...Salt is the way to my heart," Diaz says.

We're wild about the concept of combining hot and cold, crunchy and creamy ingredients. (Oh yes, and it coincidentally pairs perfectly with the white wine blend from Diaz's new Avaline line.) Plus with the salty cheese and roasted corn, this is giving us a hint of very welcome elote vibes.

The fact that she demonstrates it in real time makes it clear that this fresh corn recipe is absolutely doable for a weeknight, too! So pop open a bottle of white wine, grill up your favorite protein, and prepare to dig into a fresh and flavorful meal that's the peak summer.

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Cameron Diaz's Roasted Corn Salad

Yield: 1 salad

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • ½ garlic clove, microplaned or grated (snag a microplane on Amazon, $10)
  • ½ ear corn, kernels sliced off
  • Maldon Salt, to taste ($6, Amazon)
  • ½ cup snap peas, finely sliced
  • Crumbled feta cheese, to taste

Directions

  1. Make the vinaigrette: Combine vinegar, 3 tablespoons oil, juice and garlic. Whisk to emulsify. (Or you can toss this with one of our top 10 vinaigrette recipes that will inspire you to love salads again!)
  2. In a skillet over high heat, add olive oil, corn kernels and a pinch of salt.
  3. Pan roast corn, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until crispy and golden brown.
  4. In a bowl, add sliced snap peas, roasted corn, vinaigrette, feta cheese crumbles and additional salt, if desired.