|Aztec Salad: the goodness of summer on a plate.|
Although some of the recipes I post are decadent, they truly are not the norm, chez moi. (They're just the ones I get most excited about! :-D ) We generally eat vegetarian a couple of nights a week, and try to keep it to lean meats and lots of good veggies, most other nights.
Lots of good veggies are what this salad is all about.
This salad SINGS summer, in fact. I could eat this all day long and twice on Sunday. No lie.
I honestly can't remember when I first had this dish: maybe ten years ago? Maybe more? I was looking for no-fat dishes, and stumbled across this one. I remember taking it to a church potluck picnic once, and my friend the non-salad eater going nuts over it. It goes really nicely all on its own, or with tortilla chips, or as a wonderful side dish. It's perfect to take to a picnic/grill out, because there is no mayo, so it won't go bad.
The dish is beautiful to look at, and it keeps in the fridge for several days, so it's perfect if you're trying to shed a few pounds, and you want something delicious and healthy to eat for lunch. Just make up a batch and store it in the fridge. And do your best to keep your family vultures out of it. Good luck with that, by the way. Mine tend to swarm around it, no matter how diligently I try to keep them waved off. (Note to my friend, Pearl: you could take THIS in your lunch all week long, and it'd be a lot better than oatmeal.)
The recipe originally came from a cookbook called The Peaceful Palate, by Jennifer Raymond. I found the recipe somewhere on the internet, and have adapted it slightly to the groceries and produce that I had on hand.
Here are my recipe notes, on how I altered the recipe:
The original recipe called for Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar. Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar is just rice wine vinegar with some sugar and salt thrown in. Since I only had regular rice wine vinegar, that's what I used. I mixed it all up, and decided that with the overall sweetness of the roasted corn that I used, adding sugar was unnecessary. Nor did I add salt. I could have...but, to my taste, it didn't need it, so I didn't.
The original recipe also called for one green pepper, and a red or yellow pepper. I find green peppers to be less sweet, and so I omitted that, and since I thought an orange pepper would be really pretty with the red of the tomato and the purple of the onion, that's what I used. You can use whatever colors float your boat, or whatever are available most cheaply.
The original recipe called for 1 15 oz. can of corn kernels, drained, or 1 10 oz. bag of frozen corn, thawed, or 2 c. fresh corn. I STRONGLY endorse fresh corn. I had a leftover ear of grilled corn from the night before, and so that's what I used. It was so incredibly sweet and yummy! If you must use canned corn, it will work, but "the fresher, the better" should be words that you live by.
I used lemon juice rather than lime juice, but either will do.
Here's the recipe, then, with my adaptations in place.
|If the Mayans brought a curse, the Aztecs brought a blessing.|
(makes about 8 c.)
Ingredients for Salad:
2 15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. finely chopped red onion
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 ear roasted corn kernels, cut off the cob
2 c. cherry tomatoes, diced
3/4 c. chopped cilantro (optional if you're a cilantro hater; you could substitute parsley)
2 T. rice wine vinegar
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 t. ground coriander
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
In a large bowl, combine first salad ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients.
Pour over salad and toss gently to mix.
|I'm trying to think of a caption for this, but it's hard, because my mouth is pooling with saliva.|
You should totally pin this on Pinterest. Take it to the picnic for the 4th of July. Write me a thank you note later. No rush.
Please share your thoughts or questions: you know I love hearing from you.