No. 1 : Quick Recipe

Grilled Avocado and Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • 3 Ears Corn
  • 2 Avocados
  • 4 – 6 Cups Shredded Romaine Lettuce (or Napa Cabbage)
  • 1 (15 OZ)  Can Black Beans Drained and Rinsed
  • 6 *Campari Tomatoes, Quartered
  • 1 Cup Shredded Carrots
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Cup Chopped Cilantro Stems and Leaves
  • ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 TB Lime Juice 
  • 2 TB Orange Juice
  • 1 TB Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to taste

Step One

Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium high. Shuck the corn and halve the avocados, and remove the pit. Lightly spray or rub the corn and avocado with oil and grill them until grill marks appear. Remove from the grill and cut the kernels off the cob and chop the avocado.

Step Two

Put the  lettuce down on a large platter and scatter the black beans, tomatoes and carrots on top of the lettuce. Add the corn and avocado.

Step Three

To make the dressing, place the garlic to a small food processor and chop. Add the cilantro, oil, juices, vinegar and puree. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step Four

Drizzle the dressing on the salad, starting with half and then using more as you desire. 

No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop

*Of course you can use any kind of tomato you like in this salad, but isn’t it fun to learn about something new…and delicious? Larger than a cherry tomato, but smaller than a plum tomato, Campari tomatoes are known for their juicy fresh flavor and great texture. A hybrid tomato, it was developed in the late 1990s to fill a niche in the market for a sweet tomato with low acidity. Today they are a supermarket favorite, grown hydroponically without pesticides.

No. 3 : Clever Idea

Any leftover dressing is super as a marinade, salad dressing for a plate of summer ripe tomatoes, or dip carrot and celery sticks in it for a yummy snack.

No. 4 : Cheers!

Avelada Vinho Verde
About $9

Nothing better than a crisp slightly spritzy white wine to accompany this salad AND any long weekend holiday festivities. Serve this blend of Loureiro and Alvarinho grapes up really cold and watch the smiles appear. Super as an “apperitivo” wine, it can pair with dinner from the grill all the way to a summer fruit dessert perfectly. I love the description from Wine Enthusiast who awarded it a score of 90 and Best Buy: “Bright, Tight and Lightly Mineral”

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