Thursday, June 27, 2013

Grilled Corn Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette

Grilled Corn Salad with avocado, blue cheese, and chili lime vinaigrette. 
All the good one salad...on one plate! Lunch just got a little (or a lot) tastier!

You know those people who try to fool themselves by ordering a Diet Coke with their bacon cheeseburger and  fries? Maybe you are even one of them....and judgement here! I do the same exact thing!! Only with me it's not Diet Coke and, with me, it's salads and desserts! By now you already know that I have a HUGE sweet tooth. And you may be starting to pick up on the fact that I'm a salad lover, too. And, the more I think of it, I can't help but wonder if the two are somehow related!

Like "Since I had a salad for dinner, of course I can have 2 desserts!" Or "I eat 3 healthy meals a day...a dessert in between each one won't hurt!" Hmmmmm. Sounds reasonable to me, don't you agree? (Don't worry - my friends have already told me that eating multiple desserts every day may not be entirely "normal." Unfortunately, despite their input, I haven't changed a thing.) 

Okay. And the other piece of this you should know is that I'm not even always that great about keeping my salads "light". I do load them up with plenty of veggies and leafy greens, but....I must say....I am really drawn to the good stuff. You know - the avocados, the cheese, the dressings - all the things that make a salad what it is: delicious!!

Like this Grilled Corn Salad with avocados and blue cheese - all the good stuff - on top of a bed of romaine hearts! A seriously satisfying salad. And, just for you, I decided to lighten it up with a Chili Lime Vinaigrette. Because if you want to have room for 3 desserts, you really don't need the Creamy Parmesan Peppercorn (even though it's oh-so-tempting.) Trust me. I know.

Grilled Corn Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette
1 romaine heart, torn
1/2 c. corn kernels (grilled, roasted, or browned in a frying pan)
1/2 avocado, chopped
1/4 c. blue cheese, crumbled
chili lime vinaigrette, to taste

Chili Lime Vinaigrette
1/4 c. olive oil
1 Tbsp. golden balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. chili garlic sauce
1/8 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. cumin

Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Shake before using.


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  1. What a perfect salad for the summer months. Love the sound of that vinaigrette, sounds delicious :)

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    Happy Valley Chow

  2. This looks so good. I want to dive into it! I am going to pin it for later! If you get chance come by for visit!

  3. Seriously looks like THE salad of Summer and with all my favorite flavors! You did it again :)

  4. Ha! I totally justify desserts with salads! This salad, however is really wonderful and totally dessert worthy! I love every flavor in this salad!

  5. Okay, one, I am SO that person. Salad for dinner = more dessert. Two, this has avocado. SOLD. I am SO making this for dinner next week!

  6. This looks perrrrrfect for me!!! Mmm my mouth is watering - beautiful pictures as well!


  7. I love salad too, but I also like mine with fries - and dessert :) this looks amaziing

  8. I love the idea of corn and avocado. Great looking salad.

  9. Looks amazing. I really cant turn down anything with avocado... yumm

  10. This looks so so good, Cathy! I'd love this without the cheese as I am such a HUGE avocado fan! Pinned and sharing on Facebook. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  11. I love all the ingredients!!! Thanks for sharing. Hopped over from Cast Party Wednesday

    Lori's Culinary Creations

  12. Love that this salad embodies all the freshness of summer! Beautiful!

  13. hi! This looks delicious! I love the veggies... thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations... you are being featured in the round up this weekend... I would love for you to come over and share your feature on Facebook, Pinterest or G+....:o) You can see the post here:
    OH and grab a featured button to show off!!

  14. I love avocados in salad! This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  15. Stopping by for the first time from the Fun In Functional link party! This looks like a perfect summer salad. How did you get your avocado to stay looking so pretty? Mine always turns brown almost as soon as I cut it.

  16. This looks so yummy! It has the best of both worlds: corn and avocado! I would love it if you would come and link this up at my link party
    Dandelion Wishes Wednesday. I'm also pinning this :)

  17. I gotta give this one a try! Looks delish... thanks for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week... come on over and share again! I love to see everyones creative projects! xoxo~ Ruthie


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