There is an expression about salads, "It's all about the dressing." Well, I kinda' got to agree with this. Without a salad dressing what do you have really? A bunch of ingredients swilling around a bowl with no connection to each other. Umm, kind of sounds like me meeting new people. That's another story. Anyway, you add the dressing and a little kind of magic happens. That's how it went for this super simple yet delicious salad. It was all down to the lemon vinaigrette. Supposed to be lime, but I didn't have those. The lemon filled in perfectly and the dressing salad combo was the tastiest I've had in a while. Time to get your salad on!
Now that the temperatures are heating up nicely, I am starting to get my head around turning off the oven and opting for lighter fresher foods. I am always sad to say goodbye to comfort food, as it's probably the best food on earth. Well, to me anyway. That being said, I do love a good barbecue with some great salads on the side. When it comes to salads, the combinations are endless, like endless. I am pretty sure you can put anything in a bowl and call it a salad. Yes, anything.
Growing up in Newfoundland, we had some staple salads that I grew to love over the years. Of course, potato salad. It just wouldn't be summer without potato salad. Then there was the coleslaw and beet salad. Those were the OGs (in case you don't live with a teenager, that means the originals) growing up. Note with interest all salads were mayonnaise based. Now that I think even harder, my grandmother used to make a corn and apple salad. Yes, that had mayonnaise as well. Hey, it worked.
Time travelled on and salads started to change. I think it was mostly because we were introduced to new ingredients and the Internet. Yes, the world of opening doors and appetites to a whole new salad level. Who knew you didn't have to put mayonnaise in a salad?
Sometime in the 80s, I can't remember when, but when hair was big, tops were cropped and Madonna was the only thing on the radio. The almighty caesar salad made it's way to our neck of the woods. And by our neck of the woods, I mean our house. It was a whole new way of eating salads and veering off the traditions. Could we embrace it? Well it was embraced wholeheartedly and it still makes an appearance whenever I am home. Who doesn't love a good caesar anyway.
As for traditions, I do embrace them every now and again. Most of the time, I plough my own furrow and that is kind of cool as well. Still, I love my Nanny's old fashioned potato salad and not a summer goes by when I don't make it at least once. As for the coleslaw and the beet salad, you can keep those The caesar on the other hand, I still love it and dabble in putting it together every once in a while.
Where does this leave all the new and exciting salads? Well, at my dinner table all summer long. I love trying out new flavours and adding different ingredients to see what the end result turns out like.
This salad is so simple yet so flavoursome. It probably wouldn't have made our picnic table growing up, and I doubt my 10 year old self would have eaten it anyway. Flash forward a whole bunch of decades and I am willing to try just about anything in a salad. Just about. This is a simple combo with great flavours. Put together in 10 minutes and downright summer worthy!
Avocado & Corn Salad
Serves 4 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: None
For the salad:
2 Ears of corn, corn cut off the cob (cooked)
1 Pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 Avocados, diced
1 Spring onion, finely chopped
1/2 White onion, diced small
For the dressing:
Juice of one lemon
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 Teaspoon chilli flakes
1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
1/2 Teaspoon ground coriander
Small bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped
Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a bowl. Stir well and set aside until ready to use.
In a large bowl, add the corn, cherry tomatoes, spring onion and white onion. Pour over dressing and toss well to combine flavours. Add the avocado, gently stir and serve.
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