“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
I love salads in warmer weather and I love creating them out of whatever I have on hand.
This is a deliciously colourful salad that makes good use of store cupboard ingredients. In North America I would use fresh corn . . . but I hate to tell you UK . . . your fresh corn over here sucks. It tastes like what we would call cow corn back home . . . not tasty at all. That's why I have used tinned corn here . . . the Green Giant Salad corn actually tastes pretty close to fresh, so that's what I use.
I always leave my tomatoes in a bowl on the counter top at room temperature. Tomatoes from the shops might be red . . . but they are never truly ripe. Leaving them on the counter for a few days brings out their natural sweetness and they taste pretty good and not anaemic!
Avocado . . . what can I say here . . . but I love them. Their rich and buttery creaminess is moreish to me. I can't get enough of them, and their texture goes so well with the crunchiness of the corn.
I love coriander and there is a nice amount of this in the tasty lime dressing for this salad. I know that it is an herb you either love or hate . . . which I happen to love. If it's not for you, then you could certainly use some chopped flat leaf parsley, but you are not going to get the same flavour kick using parsley . . . c'est la vie!
Altogether all the ingredients are colourfully exciting and delicious! I served it with some grilled chicken and it went together very well. I think it would be very tasty with some grilled fish or pork as well!
Crunchy corn, creamy avocado and sweet tomatoes in a tangy lime and coriander dressing!!
3 tins of salad corn niblets, drained (about 3 cups)
1 punnet of cherry tomatoes, quartered (about 1 cup of tomatoes before quartering)
1 firm, but ripe avocado, peeled and diced
2 TBS finely chopped red onion
a handful of chopped fresh coriander (1/4 cup cilantro)
For the dressing:
2 TBS fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp finely minced fresh garlic
3 TBS olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped Coriander to garnish, optional (chopped cilantro)
Place the corn, tomatoes, avocado, onion and coriander in a salad bowl and gently combine, using your hands. Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over top of the salad and gently mix. Garnish with more chopped coriander if desired. Serve at room temperature.