Mexican Corn Bean and Fruit Salad
Serves 4-6 as a side
1 small to medium english cucumber, cut into roughly ½ inch pieces
1 can black bean, well drained and rinsed
1 mango, or about 6 oz pre-cut, cut into roughly ½ inch pieces
6-8 oz pineapple, cut into roughly ½ inch pieces
2 cups corn (frozen and thawed is fine, even better if you can find the roasted sort)
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup grated cotija cheese
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
Method: Mix it all. Enjoy. Works well also as a salsa on top of fish or chicken, or just to scoop up with chips.
Do you ever want something, but not really that thing, but kind of that thing, so you have to come up with a new thing? Like when it sounds good to be lounging on the beach in the warm sun with an over the top cocktail but it’s winter and vacation is months away so you sit under your strongest lamp with a rum and pineapple juice that has a crazy Lego thing cobbled together to approximate an umbrella? No? Just me? Ok, how about when you see an outfit combo that hits all your “THAT’S what I’m talking about” buttons but it comes with a price tag that hits your bank account’s “look away” alarms? You don’t give it up – you adjust and recreate. You take the spirit of the thing and drape it over your own interpretation. You work it for yourself. It was kind of like that when I came up with this recipe. I saw someone mention a smoothie with apples, lemon, celery, and parsley. That sounded intriguing, except for the smoothie part, so I tossed around the flavors until I hit on this non-chunky-liquid way to enjoy them. Bingo. Success. Those flavors, in the form I want. I am sure this salad would work well with your favorite fancy non-Lego-umbrella cocktail.
Apple Celery Salad
2 large apples, cored and thinly sliced
4 celery stalks, sliced (preferably on the diagonal)
¼ cup chopped parsley
2 tbsps olive oil
2 tbsps whole grain mustard
Juice of ½ lemon
Mix together the oil, mustard and lemon juice with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Toss this with the apples, celery, and parsley. Taste to adjust salt and pepper.