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Corn and Fire-Roasted Poblano Salad with Cilantro

We feature this zesty summer salad with quesadillas, guacamole, and Fire Roasted Salsa.  The combination couldn’t be better.  Be sure to taste the roasted chilies before adding them to the salad; though usually mild, they can be surprisingly fiery. 

Serves 4 to 6


¼ large red onion, diced, about ½ cup
1 tablespoon Champagne or rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ears corn, shaved, about 4 cups kernels
¼ cup water
Fire-Roasted Poblano Chilies, peeled, seeded, and diced, about ½ cup
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
Cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro

Bring a small pot of water to a boil and drop in the onion for 20 seconds.  Drain and toss with the vinegar to draw out its pink color.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan.  Add the corn, ¼ teaspoon salt, and sauté over medium heat for about 1 minute.  Add the water, lower the heat, and cover the pan.  Simmer, covered, until the corn is tender, about 5 minutes. 

Transfer to a bowl and toss with the chilies, onion, lime juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a pinch of cayenne.  Set aside to cool. 

Just before serving, add the cilantro and season to taste with salt and cayenne.

Tip:  To make this salad even easier, you can prepare the separate elements ahead of time and combine them at the last minute.  The poblano chilies keep well for several days in the refrigerator or can be frozen and defrosted just before using.