Make the Most of Summer Sweet Corn With These 10 Vegetarian Recipes

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In North America, corn is in season all summer long and into the early fall. You can add its sweet flavor to a wide range of dishes, from main courses to desserts. Although corn syrup has earned a bad reputation as an added sugar, fresh sweet corn is full of vitamin A, vitamin B3 and fiber.

Below, you’ll find some of our favorite ways to enjoy this summer staple.

Simple spices

Fresh corn on the cob can be so good that it doesn’t need any fixings, but simple spices can dress up this classic in seconds. Try a Mexican twist with chile powder and lime, or go for garlic powder, a bit of olive oil and a dash of salt.

Corn on the cob with maple-chipotle glaze

If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious about your cobs, check out this recipe for the barbecue. The glaze has a sweet-and-spicy flavor that pairs perfectly with corn.

Quinoa and corn salad

Healthy quinoa and sweet corn combine in this dish for a super healthy meal, which can be served hot or cold. Jaymi Heimbuch makes this recipe with cheese, but you can easily make it vegan by skipping the cheese or using a vegan substitute.

Raw sweet corn and cashew chowder

raw corn chowder

© The Bitten Word Zach and Clay of The Bitten Word aren’t raw foodies, but they do love this recipe for cold soup. A perfect no-cook vegan meal for a hot summer day, just pop the ingredients in the blender and you’re done!

Classic corn chowder

If you’re looking for a more traditional corn chowder recipe, our sister site Mother Nature Network has the goods. This recipe calls for cheddar cheese, but again could be made vegan by skipping this ingredient.

Fresh corn and potato summer skillet

potato corn salad photo

© Jaymi Heimbuch Another dish that can be served hot or cold, this vegan skillet dish is quick and easy to make. Red onion and jalapeño give the corn and potatoes a well-rounded spice.

Corn and avocado fritters

Avocado and corn are a hard-to-beat combination! These fritters from Amuse your Bouche take just 20 minutes to make, and are best enjoyed hot off the griddle or pan. Fritters can be served many ways: at brunch, paired with salsa for lunch or as a hot appetizer. This recipe calls for egg.

Corn and zucchini fritatta

Fresh corn and zucchini fritatta photo

© Jaymi Heimbuch Fresh eggs and vegetables are a delight for the locally-minded cook. In Jaymi’s words this recipe just screams “Summer!” and I couldn’t agree more. The fritatta is a very versatile dish, so you could swap in any fresh veggies or herbs that suit your taste buds. This recipe contains eggs and cheese.

Sweet Corn Salsa

sweet corn salsa

© Namely Marly This salsa from the vegan cooking guru Namely Marly combines the fresh flavors of corn, jalapeño, onion and cilantro. It was inspired by Chipotle’s corn salad, and is obviously good on burritos, salads or just with chips.

Corn pudding

Many corn desserts use corn meal or corn flour, but this sweet treat from Your Southern Peach calls for fresh corn. If you’re looking for a vegetarian dish to bring to a summer pot luck, this one is sure to please. This recipe contains milk, butter and eggs.

Do you have a favorite summer corn recipe? Let us know in the comments!