It’s June 1 so let’s break out the Summer Food. This is a most perfect summer salad and it is a vegetarian delight. totally vegan. I am not a vegan so I was grilling steaks for dinner and wanted to do a cold salad on the side. I had 2 beautiful ripe avocados on hand and all the ingredients for this yummy salad. I had some fresh corn so I just brought the water to a boil threw it in and when it turned yellow took it out and threw it in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Of course I love jalapenos , use your own discretion and this would be amazing without as well but it was kick ass with them. You can make the salad ahead and let juices meld but don’t add the avocados till you’re ready to serve. You can give them a little squeeze of fresh lime juice so they won’t turn brown so fast. I like to serve salad at room temperature, you just don’t get the flavors when it’s too cold. It will keep in fridge for a few days, but you’ll have to take out the leftover avocado since it will turn brown. I cut this salad in 1/2 for the 2 of us. This easily will serve 6 as a side. By the way Joel took a bite but too much healthy stuff going on in here for his liking, although he’s gotten better he’s not quite up to this yet, it’s OK because there was more for me with leftovers.
I was inspired for this recipe from the Barefoot Contessa recipe for Guacamole Salad. The corn was my idea.
2 cobs of fresh corn ( cook and then shuck corn off the cob) if no fresh corn available use frozen . I use frozen when I have to and 1 small bag is usually sufficient. The frozen corn will defrost very quickly so just take it out and when you mix in with other ingredients it will start to completely thaw by the time you’re ready to serve. You want to serve at room temperature anyway.
1 pint grape tomatoes , halved
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced into small pieces ( app. 1/2 “)
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup small diced red onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded ( app. 2 small jalapenos) use at your own discretion . Remove Seeds
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice ( 2 limes)
1/4 cup good olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 ripe Hass avocados, seeded, peeled and cut into small cubes.
Place the tomatoes, yellow pepper, black beans, red onion, jalapeno peppers, and lime zest in a large bowl. Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic and cayenne pepper. Pour over the vegetables. Toss well. In the meanwhile cook the corn , bring water to a boil throw in for a few minutes to turn bright yellow, then I throw in a bowl of ice water for a few minutes to stop the cooking and lock in flavor and color. Then remove corn from cob. I let the salad sit for about an hour before adding avocados into the salad. Just fold avocados into the salad when you’re ready to serve. Check for seasoning and serve at room temperature.