Roast! You did read this correctly, I cooked something. Hooray! I think roasting a corn on the cob is a pretty decent way to announce your re-entry to the cooked world, especially when its incorporated in a beautiful salad like this.
This salad has the richness of the avocado with plenty of crunch, the citrus dressing lifts the whole dish. The smoky corn is the real star though, such a different range of flavour’s when you begin heating food again.
It’s great to have corn back in our diet, raw corn is inedible due to the cellulose that our bodies cannot break down. Cooked corn looses alot of its minerals and vitamin C, but frozen cooked corn retains most of them. No idea why!?
I’ve a quite important meal to cook next week and I thought I needed to get my dusty pots and pans out again and give the heated world another bash. Get my roasted eye in!
It’s Sunday and we felt like trying something different, using the ingredients we have strooned around the kitchen. This Roast Corn and Avocado Salad went perfectly with the fruity Kiwi and Orange Slaw that I rustled up. Sweet and creamy meeting zesty and crunchy in a mouthful of pure happiness.
I’ve eaten roasted corn on the streets of most countries I’ve visited around the world, it is a ubiquitous source of sweetness and satisfaction to most of the globe. The smell of roasting corn wafting off a little charcoal brazier is such an evocative smell for me.
Corn is such a versatile plant, I am particularly fond of maize tortillas and polenta in all forms is always a wonder to feast on. It is such an interesting veg to eat, all those little rows of sweet kernels attached to a funny looking stick. Like natures answer to a lollipop in bright yellow.
We’ve been eating a little muesli and yesterday I scoffed a macaroon (which was amazing). We’re getting back into a little baked/ cooked foods, but still want to keep the majority raw. I should also mention that a couple of dark chocolate bars have gone missing from the cupboard, chief suspect, Miss Jane.
We have tried out some raw chocolate and it is absolutely delicious, it does lack the ‘bite’ of a good dark chocolate, but has bags and bags of cacoa goodness. Very deep flavours and would be perfectly acceptable as a substitute, if it wasn’t so darn expensive. One truffle is the equivalent to one bar of decent dark chocolate.
Here’s a step back into the cooked world for us, fair enough only a baby step. But as my Dad says “life is a compromise….”
Salad – 2 corns on the cob, 1 avocado, 2 stalks of celery (finely chopped), 4 big handfuls of spinach, 2 handfuls of fresh broad beans (de-podded), 1/2 handful of freshly roasted pumpkin seeds, 1/2 handful of ripped basil leaves.
Dressing – Juice of half a lemon, 1/3 cup of amazing olive oil (we actually used good quality Welsh rapeseed oil), 1 tbs white wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
Add all dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk until combined. That’s it!
In a frying pan, heat some oil to just smoking and add your corn on the cobs, roast for five minutes, turning regularly, giving them an even colouring. A little charring is definitely not a bad thing. Place a lid on and continue to turn regularly until well coloured (5 minutes more should do), add your pumpkin seeds at this stage to get a little roast. Take pan off heat and leave to cool with lid on.
Line your finest salad bowl with spinach leaves, the chopped celery and broad beans.
Get your cobs out, stand them upright on a chopping board and with a sharp knife, cut down the cob (starting at the base of the first row of kernels). You’ll need to keep it slow and steady to ensure your running the knife along the base of each kernel. If your knife is not super sharp, use a gentle sawing action as you go (watch your fingers!) Move the cob around and start on the next few rows. It will take a few cuts to get all the kernels off. If you like, cut onto a tray or shallow bowl to ensure the kernels don’t go flying off.
Cut avocados in half, take out the seed and spoon out the lovely green flesh. Try and get the avocado to look like fat shavings, or anyway that you think looks good. A teaspoon is the best implement for this.
Arrange the avocado and corn on top of the salad and finish off with the basil and spoon on your dressing.
This is good enough as a main course, it’s a very flavourful and satisfying salad. The ideal summer lunch. I don’t know why, but I think this would go nicely with a quiche.
We Love It!
Those roasted pumpkins seeds enhance anything they touch.
Corn (or maize) has been grown for thousands of years by the people of the Americas. Corn is low in saturated fats and cholesterol, it contains good levels of thaimin and folate and plenty of dietary fibre (for your old friend the colon).