Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What Mama's Cooking: Black Bean and Corn Salad with Guacamole Dressing

If you have been following my cooking posts you may have noticed a few things I do differently - I don't use salt or sugar, unless I'm making some blow-out dessert for a special occasion, and I really limit the amount of oil I use (and I only use plant-based oil). I insist that the food be really tasty and be pleasing to the eyes, too. So, I set challenges for myself. Oh yes, I usually have scratch and quick versions of the same recipe.

This salad fits my criteria. If you must, however, you can create a dressing with olive oil instead of the avocado and add the avocado, cut in chunks, to the salad just before serving. You probably should bath the chunks in lime juice first, so they don't oxidize. Add salt, too, if you please.

xx Mama and Molly

3 poblano chilies, fire-roasted & chopped or 1 bag Wegman's frozen
3 red peppers, fire-roasted & chopped or 1 bag Wegman's frozen
3 ears of corn, kernels cut from the cob or 1 bag Wegman's frozen
1 bunch chives, white and green parts chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, leaves only, chopped
1 box cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
2-3 cans of black beans, drained & rinsed
2-3 avocados
5 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup lime juice
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne or to taste
Salt and pepper if you choose

Begin the dressing first by adding the garlic to the lime juice in a jar. Add the cumin and cayenne and shake, then allow to rest.

If using frozen chilies, peppers and corn put them in a strainer to thaw and drain.

If roasting the chilies and peppers place them on a baking sheet under the broiler until the skins begin to darken. Cool. Remove stems and seeds and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.

If using fresh corn, stand the cobs on end and cut kernels down the cob.

Chop the chives and cilantro. Cut the tomatoes.

Combine chilies, peppers, corn, cilantro, chives and tomatoes in a bowl. Add black beans and mix thoroughly.

Finish the dressing by blending the avocados with the lime mixture. Add to the bowl and fold to combine.

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