Grilled Corn & Pea Salad with Chocolate Chip Vinaigrette

Grilled Corn & Pea Salad with Chocolate Chip Vinaigrette
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
Pea, Corn, chocolate chips, grill

Get ready to experience a bold and flavorful vegetarian dish that will surprise your taste buds! This Grilled Corn & Pea Salad with a unique Chocolate Chip Vinaigrette is perfect for four people. Fire up your grill and let’s get cooking!


  • 4 ears of corn, husked
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and brush the grill grates with a little oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Place the husked corn directly on the grill grates. Grill, turning occasionally, until all sides are charred and tender, about 10-12 minutes. Use tongs to rotate the corn, ensuring an even char.
  3. While the corn is grilling, blanch the peas in boiling water for 2-3 minutes until bright green and tender. Drain and immediately plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain the peas and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the dark chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly. Once melted, remove from heat and whisk in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper until smooth and emulsified. Take a small taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  5. Cut the grilled corn kernels off the cobs and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add the blanched peas to the bowl. Pour the chocolate chip vinaigrette over the corn and peas, tossing to coat evenly. Gently mix the ingredients, ensuring each kernel and pea is covered in the vinaigrette.
  6. Divide the salad among four plates. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Add a final drizzle of vinaigrette for an extra touch of flavor.

This Grilled Corn & Pea Salad with Chocolate Chip Vinaigrette is a bold, unexpected twist on classic summer flavors. The smoky char of the corn combined with the sweet peas and the rich, tangy vinaigrette will leave your guests craving more. Enjoy this unique vegetarian dish and let those flavors dance on your palate!

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