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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Corn and Pink Bean Salsa

This light and refreshing summer dish is sure to cool you off and to sate your hunger. It's delicious served cold over toast or warm over pasta. And best of all its simple, fast and easy.


1 can pink beans
1/3 cup frozen kale
1/2 cup frozen corn niblets
1/4 cup froze bell peppers and onion mix
1 can petite cup plain diced tomatoes
4 cloves fresh pressed garlic
1 tsp olive oil
salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika and basil to season

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add corn and saute three minutes. Add peppers and kale. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. saute three minutes more. Add garlic. Cook two more minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Add can of tomatoes and beans. Simmer to reduce liquid by 1/3.

Kill heat and stir in spices to your liking.

Chill in the fridge at least three hours to serve cold. Or serve immediately over pasta, garlic toast or rice.

For the ultimate dish top with a lower fat guacamole.


1 avocado
1/4 cup fat free Italian dressing
3 cloves freshly minced garlic
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients and adjust seasonings as you see fit.

Top your salsa with a heaping spoonful of your guacamole. Stir to combine and enjoy.