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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Sweet and Hot Pepper Puree

Aldi had a one pound bag of sweet mini peppers for $1.69, so it seemed like a great reason for a puree. The peppers were all reds, oranges and yellows so I knew they would taste great.

I diced some for a broth I made for cooking barley and beans, but that's another post.

I wanted a sauce that I could put on salads, bagels, use for dipping and on sandwiches.

10 sweet mini peppers roasted
5 large cloves garlic roasted
1 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 japalpeno
1 habernero
1 lime - zest and juice
1 tbl canola oil
2 tbls white vinegar
1/4 cup water
salt, pepper

Preheat oven to 400 F. Roast peppers on a sheet tray for 7 minutes. Use a tongs to turn over. Add whole garlic cloves. Roast another 6 minutes.

When peppers have cooled, cut into smaller pieces and discard seeds and stems. Add to blender. Remove cilantro leaves from stems and also add to blender.

Add remaining ingredients.

Puree until smooth. Taste. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

If I had a better blender or a food processor I would omit the water. I might also try 2 limes and no vinegar.

But it turned out great.

You can eat it right away. But it'll thicken up quite a lot if chilled for at least a few hours.  The flavors will also have a chance to marry.