Smoky Red Pear and Grilled Corn Salsa

USA Pears are back in season, and this unique late summer salsa is the perfect way to show them off! Adding a few pinches of cumin lends the salsa a gentle smokiness which balances the honey-sweetness of the pears. Serve this salsa with your favorite tortilla chips or use it to generously top grilled chicken or pork.

red pear salsa
2 ears of corn, shucked
1 tsp. neutral flavored oil, such as grapeseed
½ a medium sweet onion, small dice
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely minced
2 firm ripe red USA pears, such as Starkrimson or Red Bartlett
1 lime (for zest and juice)
¼ tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. sea salt
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat your grill to medium. Drizzle the oil over the corn and rub to coat with the oil. Once the grill is hot, cook the corn for about 15 minutes, turning occasionally, until hot and blistered in spots. Set the corn aside until cool enough to handle. Once cooled, cut the kernels from the cobs using a sharp knife. In a medium bowl, combine the corn, sweet onion, jalapeno, and pears. Zest half of the lime and add it to the salsa, then halve the lime and squeeze the juice over the ingredients. Add the cumin, salt, and cilantro, and gently toss to coat. Transfer the salsa to a bowl and serve.

Prep time: 35 minutes
Yield: 3 cups salsa

Pear-fect Vegetarian Recipes

It’s that time of year when fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits are popping up everywhere—in your favorite food magazines, at the farmer’s market, in new cookbooks, and at the grocery store. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite veggie-heavy recipes using USA Pears in combination with the season’s bounty. Enjoy!

Blueberry and Pear Waldorf Salad

This vegan recipe is perfect for potlucks, classroom parties, and casual weekend dinners. It’s bright and zippy with fresh blueberries and light citrus notes.

Braised Pears with Soy-Ginger Glaze

The ultimate summer side dish, this vegetarian offering is delicious served alongside grilled chicken or pork. It’s versatile and can be made ahead and reheated just before serving.

Pear and Cabbage Slaw

Put this shredded slaw down next to the barbecued chicken at your next outdoor gathering, and you’ll be the star of the day! This dish comes together quickly with a mandoline or food processor.

Crostini with Feta and Pear-Strawberry Salsa

This hand-chopped salsa gets its sweet but spicy flavor from an array of seasonal produce, from fresh cilantro and red onions to summer strawberries. This crostini is a perfect contribution to a potluck.

Spicy Wasabi Pear Lettuce Wrap

These wraps are fun to eat outdoors or to roll and wrap to take on the go. With the sharp flavor of wasabi and the earthy crunch of fresh sprouts, carrots, and butter lettuce, these wraps have a little something for everyone.