Take your boring corn and onions to the next level with this smokey, Mexican-inspired Corn salad. It’s a fiesta for dinner!
I decided I should try to embrace the Mexican culture, now that I am down in the States. So, I decided to write myself a list of things I need to do order to accomplish this:
- Buy a Sombrero
- Wear said sombrero in public, with the hubby (he hasn’t seen this list yet 🙂 )
- Eat a taco from one of the many taco trucks
- Take siestas every afternoon (Also, my boss hasn’t seen this list yet)
- Make something with a tomatillo.
If you want to know the status of the completion of this list: well, this recipe crosses off number 5. I’m working on the other 4. They are going to happen. Maybe not the taco trucks ’cause, well, they be sketchy guys. I don’t want my quest to end in death. Or worse, food poisoning.
However, as mentioned, I did complete one of the items on the list! I was wary about these little green fellows. I always walk by them in the grocery store ’cause they look like little under-rip tomatoes, with a gross, crusty skin thing hanging off them. I know, I totally just made you want to eat them. However. They are ALWAYS on my most favoritest TV show in the world, “Chopped,” so I figured that people must eat them. They are also included in like every Mexican recipe ever created on planet earth. I’m exaggerating, but you get the picture.
So, I bought some. I had to make a side dish for our church picnic, and I decided I would just try ’em out then. Church picnics are the best to try new recipes ’cause everyone is so nice and it makes you feel really good about what you made, am I right?
I bought the tomatillos and brought them home, a little apprehensively. However, upon removing the weird skin and cutting into them, I was pleasantly surprised. They are A LOT firmer than tomatoes, which I LOVE. I hate cutting into a tomato and just squishes everywhere. Then you just have this outer shell of a tomato that once was. So sad. I tasted one. Pretty good! They are super crunchy, but not as sweet as a tomato.
Now what does one put with these little green things? Well, I Googled “mexican recipes” and Google told me that a lot of Mexican dishes include corn, onions and things that are grilled. Google never lies, so into the grill pan went EVERYTHING.. I talked to you about my grilling obsession in the last post, so this fed my obsession. Perfect.
Remember my put-creamy-sauce-on-everything-but-make-it-healthy phase I am going through? Still going through it. Avocados also go quite well with Mexican things, especially this grilled corn salad, AND they are super creamy and healthy.
So, it came together like this: little smokey pieces of corn and onion, crunchiness from the tomatillo, and creaminess from the avocado. My taste buds did the happy dance for reals.
And, it all got eaten at the picnic. People don’t eat what ain’t delicious folks.