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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Let's Talk About Kale

Even though I've been vegetarian for many years, I've only recently gotten into kale. Turns out I was missing out. I just started to use it because romaine gets pricey in the cooler weather. Who knew that kale makes an awesome salad base. I love it raw.

I don't make smoothies with it. I don't make smoothies at all.

Kale is good cooked as well. I use it much the same as I would spinach. Allowing it to wilt a little bit. But where spinach can taste a little bit too much like the dirt from which it came, kale has a fresh, green flavor and a crisp bite.

I had been doing regular cabbage for salad. And green cabbage is great too. But heads of cabbage are generally at least 3 lbs. So at 99 cents per pound there's no option for spending less than $3 just on the cabbage. Where with kale at $1.69 a pound and the store formed bunches less than half a pound, I can spend less and take home more. A lower weight of kale seems to go much father.

Another benefit is the kale remains relatively untouched by the other store patrons.

Both cabbage and kale have long shelf lives. at least a week, sometimes more. all the more reason to love both.

if you love salad, or wish to start loving it, kale is the perfect way to achieve that. it it is sturdier than traditional lettuces and has a pretty neutral flavor.

if you buy too much you can cook the extra to help preserve it longer.

Kale is quite at home anywhere you'd use spinach, romaine, iceberg or arugula. Dont' let those California people and their green smoothies turn you off to this great vegetable.

This curly leafed diva deserves better than the blender.