Grilled Leeks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Grilled Leeks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

Summertime eating, for me, is all about salads and grilling, ok and maybe ice cream and popsicles. I try to get pretty much all of my meals to fit into one of those categories. I have to say, I do a fairly good job of it.

Grilled Leeks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

With an abundance of leeks coming in our weekly organic produce boxes, I’ve been looking for ways to get creative with them. I used to think of leeks more as a cool weather food, I love roasting them with other root veggies or adding them to a hot soup, but since they seem to be very much in season locally right now, when it comes to leeks in the summer, what’s better than grilling?

Grilled Leeks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

Grilled Leeks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

The thing about leeks is, they can be a bit rough and tough if not properly cooked. So I suggest pre-blanching them. You can also skip the blanching and cook them indirectly on the grill, with a bowl over, to steam them, but I find the quick blanch on the stove top to be the easiest and provide the best results.

These grilled leeks get a great charred, grilled flavor on the outside and the insides are tender, oniony and mildly sweet. The grilled corn salsa bring a summery, fresh vibe to the dish, a hint of heat and the perfect savory crunch. This makes the perfect side-dish to any summer BBQ meal, chicken, fish, even burgers.

Grilled Leeks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

Grilled Leeks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kalinda July 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

I always love the onions in kebabs. It had never occurred to me to grill leeks though. I bet they’re delicious! (Also, looks like you have a typo in the third paragraph. Blanching became balancing.)

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2 aida mollenkamp July 22, 2015 at 10:50 am

Yes to summer eating being a mix of salads and popsicles! 🙂

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3 aimee @ small eats July 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

This looks like the perfect summer side! 😀
And thanks for the blanching tip!!

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