This is a refreshing make ahead salad.  Corn kernels are lightly cooked just to develop their flavor.  Then mixed with chunks of smoky roasted chiles,bell peppers, luxurious avocado and crunchy sharp scallions.  To make two or three days in advance, mix all the ingredient except the avocado and store in the refrigerator.  Add the avocado shortly before serving.

This recipe  is from Mesa Mexicana.  The book is by two of our favorite chefs, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.


Makes  6 generous cups

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2  cups fresh corn kernels (about 5 ears) or if you’re making this out-of-season use frozen corn kernels

1 tsp salt, 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

2 avocados, peeled and pitted

2 large red bell peppers, cored and seeded

4 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled and seeded

6 scallions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced on the diagonal

1/2 cup red vinegar

Heat half cup of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Sauté the corn with seasonings, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool.

Cut the avocados, bell peppers and roasted poblanos into 1/2 inch dice.

Add to the sautéed corn along with the scallions, red wine vinegar and the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil.  Mix well and let sit twenty to thirty minutes to blend the flavors.

Serve at room temperature.  Corn relish can be stored , tightly covered, in the refrigerator up to a day.


2 thoughts on “AVOCADO CORN SALAD

  1. Virginia. Thank YOU! Living in Malaysia leaves me wanting foods I cannot find. But your tuna tapanade looks like I can make a bastardized version and think I am in heaven. And this corn salad too. What a treat from the fare here.
    And your tribute to your daughter was beautiful. I am so sorry you were in a place that needed it in that way. My heart goes out to you. I do not want to ever know that pain.

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