Cilantro Corn Confetti*

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You may not be able to tell now, but up until I was 13 I spent a lot of time on a farm. This is probably why I insist on trying to grow a garden in my tiny backyard and have 5 animals running around my house. It is also probably why I made my totally city husband promise that one day we would live somewhere that I can have the following: a big garden, 3 chickens, 1 mini pot belly pig, 1 shetland pony and all the cats & dogs I can rescue. …ok, so umm maybe you can tell? But in my defense, Jorge seems just as excited as I am about the mini farm we will have one day. :)

Annyywayys, every summer I would spend the hot Texas afternoons helping pick watermelons, feeding the animals or digging up potatoes. Then the nights were spent shelling peas and shucking corn. It wasn’t a kids dream Saturday activities, but I remember being excited when I reached deep in the ground and pulled out a beautiful red potato.

Thanks to those days, I know that running a farm is hard work. I know that it takes time, commitment and a lot of money to produce a good crop. I also know that a bad crop, from no rain or a natural disaster, can ruin a farm’s bottom line for the whole season. Because of this, I try to buy local or from companies that I know support their farmers and treat them fairly.

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Duda Farm Fresh Foods (the parent company of Dandy) is the perfect example of the type of company I like to buy my produce from. I love that I can check out their site and see what is currently in season and where it is coming from. Knowing that the corn I used to make this Cilantro Corn Confetti came from a farmer in my state of Florida, makes it taste just that much better.

When Duda told me they would be sending some of their fresh corn for me to use, I was excited. But when a huge cooler filled to the top with 3 types of corn arrived, I was shocked! It’s just Jorge and I…what could we possibly do with all of that corn?! Obviously we had to make some Sweet Corn Risotto and Bacon & Sweet Corn Hash…but there was still a big bundle of corn left!

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So far, I cut half of it off the cob and froze it for this winter — when I can’t get my hands on local fresh corn. The other half was divided into two piles: one pile to take with me to visit my family down in Tampa this weekend, the other was made into Cilantro Corn Confetti…3 times!

Jorge and I seriously LOVED this recipe. Every ingredient shines and you just can’t beat the flavor and texture from fresh shucked corn. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it comes together in a quick 15 minutes! :)


Cilantro Corn Confetti

Yield: 4 large servings

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 6 ears of Duda Farm Fresh Food's corn)
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt (or to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro


In a large deep skillet over medium high heat, warm olive oil. Toss in corn, red onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño.

Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to turn translucent. Stir in garlic salt and black pepper, tasting to adjust.

Remove from heat and gently toss in fresh cilantro. Serve immediately.

Inspired by a recipe in Clean Eating Magazine (May 2012)


Duda Farm Fresh Foods supplied the gorgeous corn for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. 

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38 Responses to “Cilantro Corn Confetti”

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    Kathryn — June 22, 2012 @ 4:17 am

    I love eating local and fresh vegetables, there is something so wonderful in knowing that they have only just come out the ground (or whatever it is that corn does).

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    Blog is the New Black — June 22, 2012 @ 7:52 am


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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — June 22, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    This looks so fresh and colorful, and I’m sure delish!!!

    Love that you were a farmgirl too! I grew up in the city, but spent quite a few summers hanging out on my grandparents’ farm. Lots of work, but lots of fun!!

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    Rachel Cooks — June 22, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    When you get your farm, I’m coming to visit. Provided you make this for me. No, even if you don’t. :) Looks great!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 22, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I’ll help on the farm. OH! Can I wear overalls!?

    Gorgeous ‘fetti, my dear.

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    Cassie — June 22, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    Love all of these colors. Cilantro is my favorite!!

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    sally @ sally's baking addiction — June 22, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    I think my favorite part about this recipe is the name! Confetti! So cute. I think I’d top anything and everything with this :)

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    Kelsey @aslolife — June 22, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Love your philosophy. I didn’t grow up on a farm and everything I grow seems to die or just produce 1 fruit/veggie, so I have to look to local farmers and csa programs to fill in for what I obviously fail at doing!

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    Stephanie @ Stephlovescake — June 22, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    I have always wanted a pot bellied pig, how cute are they

    I love to plant every vegetable imaginable in my garden as well, we have just had to put up high vis fencing to keep the cats from sleeping on the spinach!

    • Jessica replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

      Ha! I love that your cats want to sleep on your spinach!

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    Eva Taylor — June 22, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    A perfect combination of flavours and such a beautiful presentation; the colours are beautiful. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    Ann — June 22, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    This looks terrific, Jessica! I just did the same to 100 ears of corn – blanched & cut off the cob, then froze for the winter! It’s a ton of work, but SO worth it!

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    Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey — June 22, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    This look so delicious and colorful…..I am the opposite….I grew up in the city, but we decided to raise our kids in a small town on a small hobby farm….I don’t grow much myself, but I have neighbours all around me with big farms and produce stands….all winter I look forwards fresh produce.

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    Laura — June 22, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Good corn is never in short supply here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Love stopping at my favorite roadside stands to buy it. I grew up in a bigger city, but am thankful to be raising me family in a small town by the sea, surrounded by the wilds of nature. This salsa looks fabulous, corn and cilantro are ALWAYS a winning combination in my book!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 22, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    I checked twice… not a tomato in sight! I’m all over this. :)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — June 22, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    This looks gorgeous and delicious. And cutting & freezing your corn is a great idea! That’s what my grandma does every summer, ensuring we have some of her AWESOME corn at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 22, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    It looks amazing. The colors are perfect, and it sounds wonderful for summer!

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    fabiola — June 22, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    Love love love the simplicity and how fast this cooks, I could even do this outside on my grill so my kitchen stays unused on a hot summer day. Cool!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 22, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

    I love this! You should sell this recipe to Chipotle and become a millionaire :)

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    CJ @ Morsels of Life — June 23, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Pinned it! Looks perfect for summer. :)

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    Joanne — June 24, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    I am ALL about eating local….the veggies and fruit just taste so much more delicious that way anyway! This corn confetti sounds like the perfect summer salad, although truth be told, I’d be tempted to eat it as dinner.

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    Marie — June 24, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    This looks delish..We grow lots of our own fruit and veg at home its so nice just to walk out to the garden and pick up whatever you need..nom nom nom!!!! Love your blog, I always look forward to see what you do next…sláinte mhaith.x

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    Ashley Bee — June 25, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    Now, would you eat this as a salad or a topping or a dip? Perhaps sub for salsa for a fresher tortilla chip dip!

    • Jessica replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

      We have this as a side dish. But I’m sure it would be great any way you want it!

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    Transportation Services Chicago — June 25, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    Yum! Corn season is in… always looking for a new way to cook it!

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    Pam — June 25, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    Mmm…I can’t wait to try this bad boy! Thanks for sharing!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — June 26, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    This would be my kids favorite salad, they looovve corn! It feels like I’m always grilling it :)
    Great recipe..

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    Sues — June 26, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    I LOVE simple, fresh, colorful dishes like this one. And OBVIOUSLY I enjoy the addition of jalapeno :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 26, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    I didn’t grow up on a farm but I did grow up in Ohio. Which is sorta like a farm…considering everyone has a garden and even in town people try to get away with owning goats. It’s an exciting place…haha.

    This corn dish looks amazing. I love the addition of cilantro…yum!

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    The Hsinru Social — June 27, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    this looks wonderful. I will be using this recipe this weekend! But maybe put some cheese ontop. Keep up the great work!

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    meatballs & milkshakes — June 28, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

    Love the colors! It looks so fresh and healthy!

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    Bijal Sheth — January 4, 2013 @ 12:49 am

    Loved your recipe. I made it today and enjoyed a lot.
    Just modified it a little, added a spoon of lemon juice.

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