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Summer Corn Soup, with Saffron and Turmeric

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  • Author: Mariela Alvarez Toro
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 1x


This soup is light with a balance of sweet and spice. The combination of saffron and turmeric makes it exotic, without loosing the flavors of summer corn.



Spicy green sauce

  • 2 jalapenos, stems and seeds removed
  • 1 garlic scape, or alternatively one clove of garlic
  • 1 big handful fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. fresh oregano
  • 1 tbsp. tahini
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 large pinch of salt

Turmeric & Saffron Summer Corn Soup

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ red onion, sliced
  • 1 inch knob of ginger, sliced
  • 34 small yellow carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 ears fresh corns, shucked and silked
  • 1 yellow summer squash, cut into ½ inch slices
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 cups water, or vegetable broth
  • Pinch saffron, plus more for plating
  • Several leaves oregano for plating


Green Sauce

  1. Place jalapenos, garlic scape, cilantro, and fresh oregano in a food processor, pulse until roughly chopped. Add tahini, olive oil, water, and a pinch of salt. Pulse until smooth. Taste for seasoning, adjusting as necessary. Set-aside until ready to use. Store in an airtight container. Keeps fresh for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.


  1. Place a large pot over medium-high heat, with 2 tbsp. olive oil. Add red onion, ginger, and carrots. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Onions and carrots should begin to soften, but not brown. Remove corn kernels from husk, then add both kernels and husks into the pot. Add sliced summer squash, then salt, black pepper to taste, and turmeric. Stir. Add 2 cups water, or vegetable broth, into pot with vegetables. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium low and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Discard corn husks. Let soup cool for a few minutes.
  2. Transfer components into a blender, and puree until smooth, about 1 minute in a Vitamix. Transfer back into pot. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Add pinch of saffron and stir.
  3. To serve, scoop about a cup of soup into a bowl. Add a couple saffron threads, a couple oregano leaves, a tablespoon or two of The Amazing Spicy Green sauce, and a couple cracks of fresh ground pepper. I also like to eat this with a slice or two of avocado and a scoop of brown rice. (Taste awesome cold, too!)
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Main
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