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Raw Corn and Tomato Salad with Basil-Lime Dressing

June 6, 2011

I loved being in Austin over the past four days, but there is nothing quite like coming home and getting back into the groove of a schedule and routine. Don’t get me wrong, the food in Austin was amazing, but at the end of the day I would rather just eat at home.

The process of cooking my own food and preparing meals with ingredients from my kitchen is such a safe, soothing and relaxing process. I think that has something to do with the fact that I can be slightly type-A and I enjoy knowing what exactly goes into each meal I consume.

For almost a week now, I’ve been dreaming of making this salad. Fresh, uncooked corn kernels from good old Iowa sweet corn and tangy, juicy grape tomatoes cut with rich shards of cheese. The Basil-Lime Dressing that tops this corn salad is bright and zesty, and would make a great topper to a lettuce-based salad, too.

Raw Corn and Tomato Salad with Basil-Lime Dressing
*1/3 cup light balsamic vinaigrette
*1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
*Juice from 1/2 lime
*2 cloves garlic, peeled
*1/3 cup packed fresh basil leaves
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*Corn kernels from 4 ears of fresh sweet corn, uncooked
*1 1/2 to 2 cups sliced cherry or grape tomatoes
*1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese

*In the bowl of a food processor, combine the ingredients for the dressing. Blend until well-combined and smooth. Set aside.
*In a large bowl, combine the corn, tomatoes and Asiago cheese. Drizzle dressing atop salad mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with black pepper and additional salt, if desired. Makes 4 to 6 side-dish servings

Happy Cooking!


Black Bean and Corn Salsa

March 25, 2010

 It’s a beautiful day here in Iowa. The kind of day that makes you forget winter ever existed and makes you fall in love with this crazy state all over again. Goodbye boots, heavy coats, scarves, and gloves. Hello sundresses, sandals, sunglasses and the like. Well, maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself since it’s only going to be sunny and 51* today – hardly flip flop and swim suit weather. But there’s no denying this weather has got me in a summer state of mind.

When it comes to summer foods, there’s something so simple and refreshing about chips and salsa. This less than traditional salsa is one of my favorites for its ease, versatility, and plain old deliciousness. Sure, it’s great for dipping chips into, but is also a heartier version than the tomato-based varieties, making it perfect for serving in fajitas, on tacos, or as another nacho topping. If you want a bit more heat, up the amount of chili powder, toss in a chopped jalapeño or a few dashes of hot sauce. This salsa saves well in the fridge for up to a week. However, add the avocado just before serving to avoid browning or discoloration.

 Black Bean and Corn Salsa
*1 (15-oz.) can black beans
*1 (15-oz.) can whole kernel corn
*1-2 avocados
*1/4 cup chopped cilantro
*Juice of 1 lime
*2 Tbsp. olive oil
*1/4 tsp. chili powder
*Salt and black pepper

*Wash and drain the black beans and corn in a strainer/colander. Place the strained beans and corn in a serving bowl.
*Peel and chop the avocado(s) and add to the corn mixture. Add in the cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and chili powder. Toss to coat. Salt and pepper to taste.

Happy Cooking!


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