Summer is drawing to a close, which means local fresh corn is sweet and ready! The perfect simple summer salad takes just minutes, and dresses up any meal. Ina Garten’s Corn and Avocado Salad, is the creamy, decadent, healthy option you’ve been looking for!
- 4 ears of corn, shucked
- 4 ripe Hass avocados, seeded, peeled, and 1/2-inch diced
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 pints grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
- 2 red bell peppers, seeded and 1/2-inch diced
- 1 cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup seeded and minced jalapeno peppers, seeded
- 1 lime, zested
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup good olive oil
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- Kosher salt to taste
How to Make it:
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the corn for 3 minutes until the starchiness is just gone. Drain and immerse the corn in ice water to stop the cooking and to set the color. When the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob, and place them in a large bowl.
Toss the avocados with the lemon juice and add them to the bowl with the corn. Add the tomatoes, red peppers, onion, jalapeno peppers and lime zest to the bowl.
Whisk the lime juice, olive oil, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, black pepper, garlic, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl and pour over the vegetables. Toss well. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
What to Drink?
A refined chardonnay, like Luli Chardonnay ($24.99) from California will be a perfect pairing. Tropical notes with deep richness, and bright acidity, build the perfectly balanced pairing for your Summer Corn and Avocado Salad.
Sparkling wine is another great pairing for creamy and fresh dishes. The bubbles in champagne, or other sparklers help cut the decadence of the avocado, resulting in a brighter and fresher meal. A prosecco, like Adami ($19.95) adds some festivity to your meal.
Pauline Fink, Staff