Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
I wanted to make this recipe for weeks but just couldn't get my act together. I would buy avocados, intend to make this salad, and then space out or order take-out, and then have to throw the avocados away. I finally gave myself the kick in the pants necessary to get the job done, and I'm so glad I did--this salad is amazing! Even Mr. Kim Chee, who's not the biggest corn fan, liked it.
Some people use the bundt pan method, where you set the corn on the raised center of a bundt pan. The corn should fall right into the cake part of the pan. This method works if you have a sturdy bundt pan, with a hole in the center. I don't have a bundt pan with a hole in the center. And my sturdiest bundt pan is made of stoneware, which makes cleaning corn starch off the sides difficult. It's a lot easier (at least, for me) to toss a corn-y towel in the wash and not worry about it.
If you don't like cilantro (I know it's not for everyone), parsley, chives, or basil would work well here too.
This part of the salad will keep until you're ready for it. Right before serving, I add the avocado.
Use a knife to carefully cut the avocado. First I cut the long way.
Toss the avocado really, really well with the salad (you want to make sure the vinaigrette has coated all the pieces, to prevent the avocado from browning.) Then grab a fork or a huge spoon and dig in!
Recipe: Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
2 1/2 c. (about 3 ears) of cooked corn
juice and zest from half a lime
1 tbsp. champagne (or any light) vinegar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. cilantro, finely chopped
3 scallions sliced thin, white and light green parts
1/3-1/4 red onion, minced
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
salt and pepper, to taste
1 avocado, diced
Cut kernels off corn; place in a large bowl and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine lime zest and juice with vinegar and olive oil. Mix well.
Add cilantro, scallions, red onion, and tomatoes to the bowl of corn. Pour vinaigrette over the top and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.
Right before serving, add avocado and stir well. Enjoy!