RECIPE: Summer Corn Salad


Summer is not quite over and and neither is your quest for healthy eating and living!

This recipe has way more steps than I usually like, but I still think it’s still fairly simple:

Buy some corn* (~4 ears), 1 zucchini, 1 onion (red or white), 1 garlic clove and 1 carton cherry tomatoes at your local farmer’s Market, you’ll also need salt, pepper, olive oil, feta cheese or goat cheese and vinaigrette dressing (I loved using Girard’s Light Champagne dressing, but it does contain preservatives, so now I’m using my homemade dressing, but use your favorite vinaigrette)


4 ears corn

1 large zucchini

1 red or sweet onion

1 small garlic clove

3 oz goat cheese or feta

2 cups halved cherry tomatoes or chopped tomatoes

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

sea salt and pepper to taste


1. Remove corn husks, wrap in tin foil, place ears on a Baking sheet;
2. Bake corn on 350º for ~ 20 minutes, until kernels are soft
3. While baking corn, wash and chop tomatoes in half
4. cut 1 zucchini in half long ways and then slice small discs (so that they become semi-circles)
5. chop 1/2 of onion
6. Sauté zucchini and onion with olive oil and salt/pepper and dash of chopped garlic
7. Cut corn off cob into large bowl
8. Add halved cherry tomatoes (or chopped tomatoes)
9. Add feta or goat cheese (~ 1/2 cup, but you decide how much cheese you need, some of us need more than others)
10. Add ~1/4 cup your favorite dressing

salt and pepper to taste

All above are approximations; tweak to your taste

*You could always sub canned corn (organic corn and BPA free cans, of course) But it just wont taste as good.


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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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