This grilled corn maque choux salad takes the flavors of the maque choux I grew up eating— sweet corn, tomatoes, the trinity, and a little heat— and spins them into the perfect salad for your summer cookout.
Juneteenth Virtual Cookout!
I’m excited to participate in the Juneteenth Virtual Cookout! If you’re looking to create the ultimate Juneteenth celebration menu, check out the 40+ amazing Black culinary creatives showcasing their unique and innovative recipes to pay tribute to this Freedom Day. I’ll have all the goodies listed below and you can follow each participant by using the hashtag #JuneteenthCookout2021 on Instagram.
My offering for this celebration is a spin on traditional corn maque choux turning it into the perfect cookout dish dressed in a creamy hot sauce dressing and filled with all the vibrant tastes and colors of summer. Are you ready for this edible celebration of Black joy, resilience, resistance, and summertime? Before we get started, let’s talk a little about Juneteenth.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a merge of the words/date June Nineteenth which marks the date in 1865 that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom. Now, for 150 years, Black Americans have commemorated the summer holiday with outdoor activities, music, reflection, and food traditions inspired by innovation, resilience, and joy.
While Juneteenth commemorates the last enslaved people learning of their freedom, the movement for racial equity, respect, and dignity for Black lives still continues. Please take a moment to look at these educational resources:
- Movement for Black Lives
- Podcast with Ibram X. Kendi on how to be an anti-racist
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
- The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Reports from the Equal Justice Initiative about the history of structural racism in America
Enslaved Africans ate some form of corn at almost every meal and eating corn-based dishes has carried through the generations. Learning and drawing inspiration from our Native American brothers and sisters they also created numerous and delicious ways to prepare corn. One of the dishes believed to be born from this mingling of cultures is maque choux which is fried corn with a medley of different vegetables.
I grew up eating maque choux and wanted to pay homage but make it cookout ready. This is the perfect side dish for your cookout because it doesn’t need to be hot and can be eaten cold or at room temperature. This salad has all the yumminess of traditional maque choux with a twist of crunchy veggies and the beautiful char from the grill.
What’s Grilled Corn Maque Choux Salad?
This is salad has all the best of summer in one bowl. All you need are a few simple ingredients:
- Fresh corn
- Red onion
- Red bell pepper
- Dressing: Mayo, lemon, vinegar, creole mustard, Louisiana-style hot sauce, paprika, garlic, honey
Are You Ready To Cook?
Food is a huge component in celebrating Juneteenth which was the premise for this virtual cookout so don’t forget to check out my amazing foodie friends to round out your Juneteenth meal. And after you make my Grilled Maque Choux Salad, let me know how you like it and show me what you’re working with! Share a photo and tag me on Instagram using @savorandsage and #savorandsage so I can see all your stuff! Eat well friends!