Charred Summer Salad

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Charred Summer Salad
One of the early supporters of the Good & Cheap cookbook, Gina, can’t eat gluten and wanted more Mexican-inspired options. The author, Leann Brown, designed this spicy summer salad for her, topped with popcorn for a crunch like croutons. Use smaller zucchini, and save the big ones for muffins. If you own a grill, use it instead of the broiler!
Servings
or 4 as a side dish
Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 cobs corn
  • 1 tbsp olive or other oil
  • 2 oz cotija or feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup popcorn popped
  • Dressing:
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Salt & pepper
Servings
or 4 as a side dish
Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 cobs corn
  • 1 tbsp olive or other oil
  • 2 oz cotija or feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup popcorn popped
  • Dressing:
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop off both ends of the zucchini, then slice each into four long sticks. Shuck the corn. Lay the zucchini and corn on a baking tray, then rub them with oil, making sure they’re well coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Broil (or grill) zucchini and corn for 2 to 5 minutes, depending on how powerful your broiler is. Turn the corn over to make sure it cooks evenly. The zucchini should start to blacken in some spots. This is good! Broil for another 2 to 5 minutes, until the vegetables are lightly charred.
  3. Mix the dressing in a large bowl. Taste it and adjust.
  4. Chop the zucchini into bite-sized pieces and slice the corn kernels from the cob. Transfer the vegetables into the bowl with the dressing. Add the crumbled cotija or feta and mix. Sprinkle popcorn over top, then dust with a little extra chili powder, salt, and pepper.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from Good and Cheap, by Leann Brown, and distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license. For more information, visit www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0

To download a free PDF or buy a print copy of Good and Cheap, visit www.leannebrown.com.

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