Cucumber, Corn and Tomato Salsa

My co-worker gave me some cucumbers she and her husband had grown in their garden. I wanted to use them right away as they were so fresh. This is a variation on a classic cucumber and tomato salad. I added charred corn for sweetness and smokiness. I also added poblano and jalapeno for spice. 

2 small or 1 medium cucumber, diced
2 ears corn
3 vine tomatoes, diced
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbls apple cider vinegar
2 tbls olive oil
2 tsps dry dill
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsps salt

I wasn't about to turn on the broiler to cook the corn. It's been in the 90's here. Instead, I used the same technique often used to char bell pepper. Put the shucked ears directly over a gas flame on the stovetop. If you don't have a gas stovetop you can broil them or use an outdoor grill. 

The corn will pop and make a bit of a mess on your cooktop, but it's worth it. 

Char the corn evenly all around. Allow to cool and them cut the kernels off the cob. 

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Low Fat Hummus

It's not traditional hummus as it doesn't use tahini. It's a great chick pea spread that can be eaten on bread by itself, as a sandwich enhancerTM or as a healthy dip.


1 can chick peas drained and rinsed
low fat or fat free italian salad dressing
1/2 a small onion finely diced
2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
garlic powder
salt and pepper

optional: 1/2 tsp dijon style mustard for more kick

First thing you need to do is mash your chick peas. If you have a food processor, good for you! Grind your peas that way.

If you are poor, frugal or otherwise kitchen appliance challenged pour your chick peas into a plastic zipper baggie. MAKE SURE THE BAG IS FULLY SEALED! Use a heavy, blunt object (rubber mallet, hammer, meat tenderizer, can o potatoes) to pound your chick peas until all are mush.

Relocate your now mashed chick peas to your mixing bowl. If you can, use a covered mixing bowl so you can just store your finished faux-hummus right in the mixing container.

Add your onions and garlic. Now's also the time to add your optional mustard. Now begin adding your salad dressing. Add several big squirts and mix well. Slowly add a few more squirts until you've achieved the desired consistently. Ideally, you want a creamy consistency, but a little bit lumpy. You want the onions and garlic to kinda cling to the chick pea mash. Try not to exceed 2-4 tablespoons of dressing.

Adding spices is very much determined by personal taste. Add a few pinches of each spice, stir lightly and test to see if it's too your liking. If it suits you add a little more spice.

Optional: Chill before eating. I find this stuff tastes way better chilly. Plus a few hours in the fridge allows the various flavors to mingle and enhance one another.

Spread your faux-hummus on any kind of bread for a delicious sandwich enhancer for your faux meat sandwiches. It also makes a great sandwich by itself - enhance with tomato, lettuce, pickles, avocado or any veggies you prefer on your sandwiches. Use as a dip for veggies or healthy chips.

* Sandwich Enhancer is a trademark of someone somewhere I'm sure.