Sunday, September 13, 2009

Roasted Corn Salad

Its mid-September and past good corn season but on the off chance that you can still find some good corn for a good deal, give this recipe a try. For our first dinner together with my new roommates, I put together caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms burgers and this roasted corn salad.

Ingredients purchased from Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, and Giant.
Recipe adapted from

8 ears of corn (roasted) - 8 for $1.99
1/3 of a red onion (chopped to small pieces) - (ugh...can't remember exact price)
3/4 of a red pepper (diced) - $1.88 per lb
1 cup of grape tomatoes (cut in quarters) - $0.99 per package
1 green heirloom tomato (diced)- $3.99 per lb
1/2 cup of cilantro - $.079 per bunch
1/4 cup of lime - 3 for $1
1 cloves of garlic - Free from previous purchase
1/4 cup of olive oil - Free from previous purchase
Salt and Pepper - Free from previous purchase

The corn was roasted the previous night at the Seafood party on the grill so some if it had a nice char on it. Cut the corn kernels off the cob. Add red onions, red peppers, and tomatoes. In a food processor, put in the cilantro, lime juice, garlic, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend it all together. When dressing the salad, do it a tablespoon at a time and taste it until you think its dressed enough. My roommates tasted it and thought there was enough dressing once we got through about 3/4 of the dressing.

It was a rainy night so I made the burgers on the stove and in the oven using this method. While shopping with my new roommates at Giant, we passed by the frozen food section and I eyed the Tater Tots and couldn't resist. They were $2.50 per package and so good with our burgers. We talked business part of the night (house rules, trash duty, etc) but mostly we just got to know each other. Part of me wanted to ask them to not buy groceries so I can have more fridge space and to stay out of the kitchen but then I thought that might be getting off on the wrong foot. I'll ease that in a little later.

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