Mint Lime Summer Salad With Corn and Avocado
I'm definitely a salad person. If you asked me about my perfect meal, it'd very likely include a salad—and I love making my own creations at home. I get most of my salad ideas from websites, cookbooks, and friends, but credit for this particular creation goes to my daughter. She loves lime, mint, and avocado, and she asked if I could make a salad that incorporates these ingredients.
Since then I've made this salad countless times, and it's one that I often bring to other people's homes for dinner. It's always a hit, and I've been asked for the recipe more than once.
- 1 cup cucumbers, sliced
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 ears corn, kernels scraped
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
- 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
- 6 oz. mixed greens, washed and dried
- 4 Tbsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 4 Tbsp. olive oil, extra virgin
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 2 tsp. sugar (adjust to taste)
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Carefully drop the corn into boiling water; leave heat on high, and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until tender. Remove cooked corn from the pot and set aside to cool. Use a knife to scrape the kernels off the cob.
- While the corn is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad. Slice the cucumbers, halve the cherry tomatoes, cube the avocado, and tear the mint leaves.
- Place the mixed greens into a large salad bowl. (I like to use a blend of arugula and mixed greens, but any greens will work here.)
- Add the cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, mint leaves, and corn kernels to the mixed greens.
- For the dressing, mix lime juice, olive oil, crushed garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Use a whisk to mix thoroughly.
- Pour the dressing over the salad, toss well, and enjoy!
Cooking the Corn
Scraping the Corn Kernels
Slicing the Vegetables
Squeezing the Limes
Crushing the Garlic
Mixing the Dressing
Variations on a Theme
This salad is endlessly versatile, and I love adding new ingredients depending on what looks good at the store or market. Here are some other ingredients you can try. These can either replace or simply be added to the ingredients listed above, as you wish.
- bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)
- fresh peas
- feta cheese
- roasted pumpkin seeds
- black beans
- grilled chicken
- tortilla strips
© 2016 Devra Nelson