I am all about quick and easy lately in the kitchen. I find that the flavors seem to pop and speak for themselves a little louder when there aren't too many other ingredients elbowing them for room. This corn side dish might seem a bit out of season, but was actually made from corn frozen from the summer's harvest, which makes it extremely simple to put together (I knew there would be a time when all of the prepping and freezing would pay off!)
The prominent flavors are cilantro and lime, both fresh and zippy, with a touch of raw honey and salt to round it all out. That is it: no oil, no garlic, no heat. Like I said, quick and easy. The results are extremely light and bright, but could be tamed with the addition of some cumin, red pepper flake or chipotle if that is your aim. Or sauteed in a bit of coconut oil for a hot side. You get the picture.
This week it accompanied a Cowboy Bean Quinoa Burger with a Spicy Avocado Mole Spread and some Toasted Cumin Roasted Roots. There is also a Pistachio Goji and Coconut Truffle finale, but I will save those pictures and recipe for another time (sounds good, right?). Yum.
Cilantro Lime Corn
3 cups corn kernels, blanched if fresh, or thawed if frozen
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1/2 cup cilantro stems and leaves
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. raw honey
In a large bowl, mix corn kernels and lime zest. In a blender, blend lime juice, cilantro, salt and honey until smooth(ish). Pour over corn, mix and serve.