Monday, October 25, 2010

Warm Corn, Tomato & Cilantro Salad

My side dish with corn has a cool Latin flavor with the addition of cilantro. Just chop a large tomato, along with cilantro, while you zap a package of frozen corn in the microwave for a few minutes -- then bring this dish together with a squirt of lime or lemon juice. It is a light and flavorful accompaniment to any favorite entree; or set out a bag of tortilla chips and use my Warm Corn, Tomato & Cilantro Salad as part of your next party platter.

I'm a fan of frozen corn. It tastes less processed than canned, the flavor is more subtle, and I like the texture -- I think the liquid in canned is a little off-putting, while frozen has none to pour down the drain.

My local Latin market always has tomatoes for under a dollar per pound, and a bunch of cilantro is frequently on sale for a quarter. I usually get my frozen corn at this 99c only Store. Frozen bags of corn cost more than a can, but you get about 3 cans worth, so it all evens out.

My latest dish is great warm, but just as brisk and tasty straight from the refrigerator the next day.

Bag of frozen corn - about one pound (16 ounces), or drain 2 cans of corn.
1 small bunch of cilantro - chopped
1 large tomato - or a couple of small ones.
1 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice - fresh or from a squeeze bottle.
1 tablespoon of water for microwaving corn.

 Empty package of frozen corn into a large ceramic bowl, sprinkle in a tablespoon of water,  and microwave (I cover with wax paper) until corn is hot -- usually about 3 - 5 minutes.

Stir a couple of times during micowaving to get an even distribution of heat. Frozen corn is usually already cooked, so you are just heating it up -- but try a few kernels when done to make sure (and microwave longer if necessary).

Add chopped tomato and cilantro to the bowl of warm corn. Squirt in a tbsp. of lemon or lime juice. Ready to serve with you favorite entree; or with tortillla chips at a party, picnic or barbecue.


The Happy Whisk said...

Love the pictures. So bright and yummy :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is one colorful salad! I would love to try it. This is really something new to me.
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