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Corn Chowder
with avocado and tomato salad

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min

With the exception of corn eaten straight off the cob, corn chowder is one of the best ways to maximize the flavor of this sweet summer vegetable. To get even more fresh corn flavor, use the corn cobs to enrich the stock.
Smarts: Freezing corn helps it to retain sweetness, so don't hesitate to use frozen corn here if good fresh corn is unavailable.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Corn Chowder:
  • Potatoes, baby or new - 1 lb, quartered
  • Onions - 1, chopped
  • Corn - 4 ears, kernels sliced off, cobs reserved
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 2 1/2 cups
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Sour cream (sub plain or Greek yogurt) - 4 Tbsp
Avocado and Tomato Salad:
  • Avocados - 1, sliced
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, sliced
  • Mixed greens (sub any type of lettuce) - 5 oz
  • Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp

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Prep

  1. Boil potatoes - (Skip if already boiled for Monday.) If prepping right before cooking, get stock and cobs in Make Step #1 and #2 boiling in a separate stock pot at the same time. Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Drain and rinse under cool water. If potatoes are too large to eat in one bite, slice in half or quarters. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Corn / Parsley - Prep as directed. Store onions, corn kernels, corn cobs (don’t toss these!) and parsley in separate containers. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  3. Avocados / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Place a large stock pot over medium heat. Add butter and then onions with chili powder and a pinch of salt. Saute until onions are tender, ~2 minutes.
  2. Pour stock over onions and add corn cobs (reserve the kernels). (Don’t worry if the cobs aren’t completely covered by stock.) Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes to extract flavor from cobs.
  3. Use tongs to remove and discard cobs. Add cooked potatoes, corn kernels and milk to stock and bring back up to a simmer.
  4. Blend soup with an immersion blender, leaving some pieces of corn and potato whole or pureeing it all the way. (Note: You can also transfer the soup in batches to a standing blender or skip this step altogether if you’d like your soup to stay chunky.)
  5. Season to taste with some salt and pepper.
  6. Just before serving, whisk together oil, vinegar, lemon juice and honey. Toss with mixed greens, avocados, tomatoes and almonds. Season with some salt and pepper.
  7. Divide soup between serving bowls. Top with sour cream and parsley. Enjoy with salad on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (90)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (8)
Vegetarian (9)

38 reviews

Good summer dinner. Added crispy bacon.

By: Yana
Posted: Jul 19, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Recipe calls for too much potato and not enough liquid. I should have realized when making, but was too late and had already put all potatoes called for in the recipe. Would use half potatoes and maybe try double the liquid. It was way too chunky and termed out very thick and pasty and not a very appealing texture

By: Monica
Posted: Apr 21, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The corn chowder has an unpleasant texture for us. Almost like creamed corn. But flavor and salad were good.

By: Anthony
Posted: Oct 07, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was okay. Good flavor. Next time will blend in a firm tofu to get a creamier/fluffier texture and more protein

By: Katie
Posted: Sep 30, 2016
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Ok, I'm not a fan of flank steak.

By: Daria
Posted: Sep 29, 2016
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

My daughter gave it the thumbs up. Enough said.

By: Emily
Posted: Sep 27, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful