If you love guacamole but prefer to leave behind the tortilla chips, then you’ll love this avocado and corn salad.
Not only does it give you the creamy, cool flavor of avocado, but it also has corn. The addition of corn to avocado allows you to eat it with a spoon and pass up the chips without any regrets.
“It tastes like corn chips and guac, without the guilt!”
~Deborah Tayloe, Recipes and Me
I generally make this about once a week, provided that I can lay my hands on corn on the cob. Of course, it’s best in the summer made with local corn. But, I’ll take it any time that I can get it!
Here’s the deal. I have lost 30 pounds over the past three months. I eat more than enough, it’s not a crash diet. However, I’ve all but cut out sugars, alcohol, unhealthy fats, and white flour.
Although I still treat myself occasionally, I steer clear of my favorite snacks.
I found that the food item I missed the most during this transition into better health was surprisingly not chocolate. As it turns out, I was addicted more to crunchy, fried snacks than I realized.
And, chips and guac? That was my hands-down favorite. This salad is the perfect alternative that satisfies my snack needs. And, it makes a great relish with main courses.
Avocado: The benefits
While I have cut out many fats, I have not turned my back on avocado. Sure, the little avocado contains fats. But, the fats inside this fruit are:
These unsaturated fatty acids are a primary key to reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Plus, they offer benefits in helping to lower cholesterol.
So, even though I am on a restricted-fat diet, I carefully choose what fats I put into my body. And avocado makes the cut!
Here is some more information about the benefits of avocados and healthy fats.
How to Select the Best Avocado
For a long time, I accepted poor avocados as ‘bad luck’ when I made my selection in the produce aisle. In fact, I often purchased an extra, just in case I chose a bad one.
I mentioned that story to my friend Maria, a Mexican-American. Her mother taught her how to spot the perfect avocado, every time.
Guess what? I tried it, and it works like a champ. Here are the tips she shared with me.
- Examine the skin of the avocado. Pass up any that have severe indentations or bruises. Typically, the darker the skin (almost an eggplant color), the riper the fruit. Find one that is darker if you will consume it right away or medium green for those you want to use in a couple more days.
- Grab the avocado gently. Hold the avocado in your open hand and gently squeeze the avocado. Don’t bruise it! If it feels pliant when you apply gentle, consistent pressure, it is ready to eat. Skip overly mushy feeling avocados (the mistake I used to make). If the avocado is still firm, it will be ready for you in a few days.
- Smell the avocado. Avocado usually has a very faint fragrance. If it is emitting a strong or pungent aroma, it is overripe. Leave it at the store!
After doing a little internet research, it turns out that this avocado selection method is backed by Michigan State University.
Proper Storage of Avocados
The proper storage of avocados is dictated by two factors:
- How ripe is the fruit?
- When do you plan to serve it?
If you have a less than ripe avocado that you want to make into avocado salad or guacamole in a few days, then storing at room temperature will work fine.
However, if an avocado is ripening too quickly, pop it into the fridge. Because of the cool temperature of your refrigerator, you will slow down the ripening process.
But, what about if you need to prepare your avocado and it’s not ripe? No problem, pop it into a brown lunch sack and leave it on the kitchen counter. You’ll speed up the ripening.
Avocado and Corn Salad: Simple flavors, bold seasoning
Avocado and corn salad combines the comforting, familiar American staple, corn, with the creaminess of avocado and the zip of lime.
The two textures have a wonderful mouthfeel when the smooth and soft bits of avocado combine with the burst of sweetness from the corn.
Add some traditional Mexican seasonings, and the flavor is unbeatable.
- Two ears of fresh corn on the cob, cooked
- Two ripe avocados
- One lime
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (plus a dusting as garnish)
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- fresh cilantro (a handful from my garden does the trick)
- Slice the corn off of the cob and place it in a salad bowl.
- Squeeze the lime juice over the corn.
- Add the spices to the bowl. You may substitute raw garlic for garlic powder, but the raw garlic may be too overpowering for some tastebuds.
- It's important that you stir the lime juice, seasonings, and corn before adding the avocado as you don't want to smash the fruit later on.
- Open the avocados, scoop out the fruit. Dice the fruit (as shown in image). Gently fold the fruit into the salad.
- Dust cayenne pepper across the top of the salad as a garnish.
Store tightly covered in the fridge. Keeps for two days if covered. The avocado may slightly darken in color, but it will still taste fabulous.
Don't skip the lime--the citric acid helps keep the color of the avocado vibrant. If you don't like limes, substitute the juice of half a lemon.
You will also note that I did not add salt. I am on a salt-restricted diet. Feel free to add it if you feel you need it.
Serving Size:1/4 avocado
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 54mg Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Protein: 2g
Not sure how to cut an avocado?
There are also cool avocado slicers like this one on Amazon!
Tips on storing Avocado Corn Salad
Avocados naturally oxidize (darken) after you cut them open. The lime juice contains citric acid which slows this process. However, eat this salad within two days for best results.
Also to mitigate the oxidation problem, take care when storing the salad. Before you place it into the refrigerator, cover it tightly with plastic wrap.
I don’t mean cover the bowl, I mean to put the plastic wrap directly over the salad and gently press it down, like this:
This process limits the amount of air that reaches the surface of the avocado. That is important because the air triggers the darkening process.
Despite the fact that dark avocado is still nutritious and tasty, it’s unappetizing looking.
This is a simple, three main ingredient salad. Sometimes, I just want something quick and easy with little prep time involved that soothes my guac cravings. Here’s a cool “pizza” style avocado recipe you might want to try!
If you’d like to get creative, here are some add-in ideas.
Add-ins ideas for Avocado Corn Salad
- Diced tomatoes
- Cherry tomatoes
- Red or yellow bell peppers
- Chili peppers
- Red or yellow onion
- Swap lime juice for orange juice or lemon juice
- Diced black olives
You can also omit the cayenne pepper to make it “mild” or go heavier with that seasoning to make the salad “hot.” It’s a very easy recipe to modify to suit your taste.
If you try out this recipe, please comment to let us know how you liked it. I’m also curious to know if you added in any extra ingredients or opted to go the simple, easy route like me.