Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Avocado Corn Salad

I love having just a salad for dinner on nights when I'm too tired to make anything more complicated. The mechanical act of chopping and mixing is so therapeutic that I feel nice and relaxed by the time dinner is ready.

Last night, I prepared a main dish salad from my latest cookbook - Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home. My friend, Shivani, gifted it to me for my birthday. It's a Moosewood Collective cookbook that was the winner of the 1995 James Beard Award for Best Vegetarian Cookbook. This cookbook is full of fast, easy and delicious recipes.

Here's the recipe for the Avocado Corn Salad I made:

1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch of cayenne
1 medium Haas avocado
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons minced red onion
salt to taste
whole or chopped cilantro

In a skillet, combine the corn, oil, water, cumin and cayenne. Cook, covered, on medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the corn is tender. Uncover and cook for an additional minute or two to evoporate the excess moisture. Set aside to cool.

Slice the avocado in half lengthwise, and gently twist to remove the pit. Make lengthwise and crosswise cuts in the flesh every 1/2 inch. Scoop the avocado cubes out of the shells and into a large bowl. Gently stir in the lime juice. Stir in the red onion and the cooked corn. Add salt. Top with cilantro. Serve immediately, or chill 30 minutes and then serve.

This can be turned into a heartier meal when served on a bed of lettuce with tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, olives. It also makes an excellent side dish for burritos or quesadillas.


Blogger gs said...

my first experience of avocado was in 1979 during my maiden international journey.i was attending a management development programme in cambridge .my host who received me at the london aiport was one mr cunningham from gkn.he and his wife drove me down straight to their residence in london and knowing that i was a vegetarian,mrs cunningham had prepared some salad and fruit dessert.avocado was the main dish!. i loved the avocado and must have consumed tons of them while in cambridge and later in the midlands!.
later,back in india lulu if you remember we were buying this quite regularly from nilgiris who used to get it from ooty.in bombay you do get it at bombay gym shop though not regularly.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous escort girls in cyprus said...

me i love abocados, i eat them with oil from olives vinegar and salt.

7:28 PM  

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