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Street Corn Chopped Salad

These Street Corn Chopped Salad delights offer a vibrant and refreshing experience with every bite. The smoky char of the corn, paired with the tangy chipotle dressing, creates a harmonious blend of flavors that’s both satisfying and invigorating. Ideal for those who cherish a crisp, refreshing meal that’s easy to prepare and full of zest.

Chopped Salad

Preparation Phase & Tools to Use

Before you begin, gather all the necessary tools to ensure a smooth cooking experience. You will need a baking sheet, a blender, a large skillet with a lid, and a large salad bowl. Proper tool preparation enhances efficiency and enjoyment in the cooking process.

Ingredients List

Ranch Croutons

  • 2 cups sourdough bread, cut into cubes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp ranch seasoning (Trader Joe’s or Hidden Valley)

Chipotle Dressing

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Zest of half a lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Salad

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2.5 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3-4 ears)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 a jalapeño, finely diced (seeds and ribs removed)
  • 2 heads romaine, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese, grated or crumbled

Step-by-Step Instructions for Street Corn Chopped Salad

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C).
  2. Prepare the Ranch Croutons:
  • Spread the cubed sourdough on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with ranch seasoning and toss again to ensure even coverage.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden and crispy.
  1. Make the Chipotle Dressing:
  • In a blender, combine sour cream, mayo, chipotle in adobo sauce, lime juice, lime zest, salt, and pepper.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  1. Cook the Corn:
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add olive oil to coat the skillet.
  • Add the corn kernels in an even layer, season with salt and pepper, and cover with a lid.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes until the corn is charred on the bottom.
  • Reduce heat to medium, add minced garlic, stir to combine, and cook uncovered for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  1. Assemble the Salad:
  • In a large salad bowl, combine chopped romaine, cooked corn with garlic, diced jalapeño, cilantro, green onions, cotija cheese, and croutons.
  • Drizzle with desired amount of chipotle dressing.
  • Toss to fully coat and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information & Health Benefits

This street corn chopped salad provides a balance of fresh vegetables and bold flavors, with around 250 calories per serving. The romaine offers a good source of vitamins A and K, while the corn provides fiber and essential nutrients. The dressing adds a creamy texture without overwhelming the salad with calories.

Common Mistakes To Avoid & How to Perfect the Recipe

Ensure the corn is evenly charred but not burnt. Monitor the croutons closely while baking to prevent them from burning.

Adjust the seasoning to your taste preferences, especially with the jalapeño and chipotle for desired spice levels.

Tips, Notes, Storing and Reheating

For a spicier kick, leave some seeds in the jalapeño. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and keep the dressing separate to maintain the salad’s crispness. Reheat the croutons in the oven to restore their crunch before serving leftovers.

FAQs about Street Corn Chopped Salad

What can I use if I don’t have chipotle in adobo sauce?
You can substitute with smoked paprika and a dash of hot sauce to mimic the smoky and spicy flavors.

Can I use frozen corn instead of fresh?
Yes, thaw and pat dry the corn before cooking to avoid excess moisture.

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