I think that my favorite thing abut summer is probably the food. Yeah, no, definitely all the food. If it weren't for all the delicious amazing things that grow during these summer months, I would probably hate summer. Well, I mean, not hate it because summer is nice when it it nice, but lately it has not been so nice and so I am trying to make myself feel better by finding all the good things that I like about summer. Summer trees, summer flowers, the smell of fresh cut grass, river rocks, summer sandals, summer... well that's what I got right now. But summer produce, that is the best and what keeps me happy when I am extremely over heated and over sunned and just want a blast of cold air accompanied by some dark clouds, a sweater and the smell of decomposing leaves. Obviously I am being a little crank butt, and I actually do usually like me some summertime, I am just over this summer. To hot, to humid, to dry. I am ready to move on.
But back to the good parts of summer that I am not over. The food. The corn is flowing steadily (I am getting on average 10 pieces of corn a week from the farm. That is a lot of corn for 2 people, one of which says he doesn't like corn), the kale is growing in super abundance in the garden, and it's is for sure blueberry season. When we have those three things and we toss in a avocado, as little onion, and lots of lime juice , BAM, another super fantastic summertime eating time, reason that summer can be a ok. Makes all the heat a little worth it.
I am telling you, this is my new favorite food combination. Blueberries are magical (I think so anyway) and really add the perfect little sweetness, tartness, and texture to this salad. Crisping up the kale and corn elevates the deliciousness, and avocado always is welcome is any salad situation. This is one of those salads that you will make for yourself and then immediately want to make for someone you like because it is so good you want to share. OR you just want to make it for yourself again because you could share or you could just eat more of it yourself. It's ok either way, you do you.
The stuff. A cob of fresh corn. some fresh blueberries, a bunch of dinosaur kale, a lime, an avocado, a piece of a sweet onion, sea salt, pepper, and a little oil.
First off preheat the oven then cut the corn off the cob.
Then deal with the kale. Each leaf needs just the slightest bit of oil. The easiest way to do this is to dump a little oil into your hands and grab each piece of kale and rub your oily hands all over the kale.
After the kale is oiled, chop it into chunks. First place the corn on a baking sheet then add the kale on top. Placet it into the oven to get all crispy... The kale will might get crispy before the corn, which is fine because you can remove the kale then pop the corn back into the oven for a few more minutes to keep cooking if you want. Or you might just want to call it cooked, it's your call.
I popped the corn back into the oven to get a little more color. I like a real crispy corn.
Cut up some onion and avocado into chunks.
And time to compile. Kale, onions, corn, avocado, blueberries, and lime juice. And don't or get a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper.
Toss it all around and be delighted.
Just look at that salad. Who wouldn't want to eat that?
Heres to summer salads....The reason I can barely stand the heat!
Crispy Kale And Corn With Blueberries And Avocado Salad
makes one salad
- 10 or so large Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale leaves
- 1 fresh cob of corn
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/4 of a sweet onion (about 1/4 cup diced)
- 1 lime
- teaspoon olive oil
- sea salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350
Cut the corn off the con and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Take a little oil and rub into hands then grab the kale leaves ans rub oil all over them. Once oiled, rough chop into medium sized pieces (don't chop small, it will shrink a lot in the oven). Place chopped kale on top of corn and stick into hot oven. Bake until the kale is crispy, about 12-15 minutes.. What closely after 10 minutes to prevent burning.
Remove the kale from the baking sheet and place in a large bowl. The corn will be cooked, but if you want to make it a little crispier , just toss it back into the oven for a few minutes. Once corn is to your liking, remove from pan and toss into two with the kale.
Small dice up some onion and dice up half of the avocado. Toss into the bowl with the kale and corn. And the blueberries, add those in. Sprinkle the whole shebang with a little sea salt and pepper and squeeze the juice of at least half of a lime all over (use the whole lie if you want) Give it all one last toss and that is it.
Eat your new favorite salad. Think about making it for all your favorite friends and family and how impressed they will be because this is one of those impressive salads. T