Michael Chiarello's Raw Corn, Arugula. and Pecorino Romano Salad

"Hubs and I made this salad after watching an episode of Michael Chiarello's cooking show, and it was FABULOUS! He showed this as a salad to go with a full meal, but we served it as a main dish salad for 4 with a little leftover chicken on the side, and it was wonderful - light but very satisfying and crisp - for a hot summer day. I'm posting this one so I don't lose it."
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  • 3 meyer lemons
  • 2 small juicing oranges
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 12 cups olive oil, the good stuff is a good investment for this
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground, I used white pepper, but it would be your preferance
  • 2 cups fresh corn, cut off the cob and the kernels scraped with the back of a knife to get all the juices into the bowl
  • 3 cups arugula, cleaned and drained
  • 1 12 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 12 ounces pecorino romano cheese


  • Corn goes into the bottom of the bowl, then the arugula and oregano on top of that, salt and pepper over that. You can now wrap with cling wrap and stuff into the 'fridge for quite a few hours without damage.
  • Make the dressing: Clean the shallot and the citrus, and cut off the stem ends and any nasty bits.
  • Juice one lemon and one orange, and add juice to a blender.
  • Chop the other citrus (remove the pits, leave the skin on!) into chunks and toss into blender.
  • Chop the shallot, and add that to the blender.
  • Pulse to start, then blend to a liquid.
  • Remove the top while the blender is running and slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream.
  • Dressing will be thick like a mayonnaise. Dressing will keep for several weeks in a jar in the fridge, but may separate. If it does, simply blend again to return to mayonaise-like state.
  • When ready to serve, dress the salad with one cup of the dressing and toss it well, then shave the cheese over top with a potato peeler and serve.
  • Now, all together, say "YUMMMMMMMMM -- .

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I am a self taught cook (My Mom, bless her soul, has always worked, and being product of the post WWII generation, is a big believer in convenience foods - she heats, she doesn't cook) who started experimenting out of library cookbooks at age 9. My Grandma was in her high 90's by the time she could work with me, but I inherited a lot of her old recipes ("receipts"), and have done a lot of playing around, eventually taking several courses at the San Francisco Culinary Academy. I teach jewelry fabrication and design and am an accredited Property manager for both commercial properties and community associations, which leaves me very little home time, so I do the night-owl thing!
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