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Corn Chowder + Green Salad

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Gluten Free
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Why we love it:

Nothing is better than freshly made corn chowder! We prefer yellow or bi-color corn, though white is perfectly fine. Adding the cobs to the boiling stock will pull out an extra layer of sweet corn yumminess and is our secret flavor and #nofoodwaste trick. Save the other cobs for stock or another soup pot.


  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 112 teaspoons Kosher Salt (divided)
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold Potatoes (or red skinned, or white potatoes)
  • 4 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 4 cups Fresh Corn Kernels (save the cobs too!)
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Sherry Vinegar
  • 14 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 cups Spring Mix Salad Greens
  • 14 teaspoon Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley (optional, chopped, for garnish)
  • 14 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)

Cooking Instructions

  • 1. BASE

    Mince the garlic and dice the onion.

    In a large heavy pot with tall sides, melt the 2 Tablespoons butter over medium high heat and add the garlic and onion. Add 1 teaspoon of salt. Sauté for about 5 minutes while you prep the potatoes.


    Dice the potatoes into ½” pieces. We like to keep the skin on (less waste!) but if you have a russet potato or your prefer to do the work, peel them first. Add them directly to the pot as they’re done.

    Add the stock and turn it to high, bringing it to a boil. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

  • 3. CORN

    Meanwhile, slice the corn off the cob (or use frozen kernels). Add 2 of the bare cobs to the pot with the stock and potatoes! In a blender, add the 2 cups of milk and half of the corn with ½ teaspoon of salt. Blend until mostly smooth.

  • 4. SALAD

    In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk the 1 teaspoon vinegar, a hefty pinch of salt, and the ¼ teaspoon dijon. Stream in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and whisk until combined. Toss the 4 cups salad greens into the dressing. Leave plain or top with any fresh summer veggies you have around.

  • 5. FINISH

    After 10 minutes of boiling, turn down the heat to low and remove the cobs. Into the blended corn/milk, whisk 1-2 cups of the hot stock and potato mix. Stir well to warm the milk up in temperature. Then pour the whole thing back into the pot and return to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the remaining corn kernels. Test a potato - depending on the size you may be done. The soup is ready when the potatoes are soft.

    Optional - mash some of the potatoes with a fork against the side of the pot then stir to incorporate them into the soup. This makes a nice, thicker consistency.

    Also optional - whisk in up to 1 cup of cream at the end to really make it creamy and thick.

  • 6. PLATING

    Stir in a few Tablespoons of chopped parsley and a pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste, right before serving. Ladle into big deep bowls with a green salad on the side

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    use 1 15-ounce can of coconut milk. This version is super delicious! If you also have soy or almond milk in the fridge, you can also add about ¼ cup, but don’t purchase it just for this, being a few ounces shy with just 1 can is fine MILK - be sure to use at least 2% milk though whole is much preferred. You can even use half and half!
  • CORN COB :
    if you are making this out of corn season, a bag of frozen corn kernels works just fine
    omit homemade dressing and use your favorite store bought
    adding diced celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, or carrots while sautéing the onions. Adding a few handfuls of baby spinach or shredded kale in the last 5 minutes of cooking

Kid Friendly Version

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How to Tweak This Recipe for Kids:

  • Try with corn and potatoes pulled out of the soup, or sautéed on the side
  • Serve with garlic bread or their favorite crackers and some fruit and steamed veggies

For Toddlers

  • Before adding the bacon, puree a cup of the chowder that is generous with potatoes and lighter on broth - use a small blender or even a potato masher to create a consistency that stays on a spoon more easily
  • Round out the meal with greens or a vegetable and fruit and bread

For Choosy Eaters

  • My choosy kid liked clear broth before any other soup, so warm some broth separately and season with a pinch of salt as needed. Serve some boiled potatoes and corn kernels on the side. Or add pasta or rice to the broth
  • Serve with fruit and bread

Prep Ahead & Use It Up

  1. Prep the corn
  2. If making from scratch, make salad dressing
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