Summer is BBQ season for us, and it is like a ritual to Arman. He uses charcoal, which means it is a process to get the thing to light up and get it hot enough. Every weekend he stands in the garden, and makes fire. And now Baby Zand is getting so excited about being the BBQ helper, she runs back and forth between dad at the BBQ and mom in the kitchen, asking for tools and food, and relaying messages between the two of us.
To me BBQ is kind of bitter sweet. I don't eat meat, so a lot of the BBQing is lost on me. I will often make myself a veggie burger, but prepare it in the kitchen instead, so it doesn't fall apart. To me, BBQing is more about the sides: the salads, the grilled veggies, the yummy breads with garlic and herbs, and the sauces. Have you tried this sticky sweet BBQ sauce? It is divine! I will slather anything and everything in it!
So this salad can act as a side to your summer BBQ, or you can make it from the leftover corn on the cob you've grilled the day before. It comes together so easily, but because of the grilled corn it has a very deep, smokey flavor.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Makes 1 main or 2 side servings:
For the dressing:
3 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp raw honey
1/4 tsp smoked paprika powder
pinch of cumin powder
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
For the salad:
5 olives (green or black doesn't matter), quartered
4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 spring onions, chopped finely
1 corn on the cob (see below how to cut off the corn kernels)
1 small (or 1/2 big) avocado, chopped
1/3 cucumber, chopped finely
First, whisk the dressing in a big bowl. Hold off on the salt and pepper, and taste test when the salad is done to season it properly.
Add all the salad ingredients to the dressing. For the corn, stand it on its head, and slices the corn off on the sides.
In order for kale to really taste good in a salad, you have to give it some love, and get your hands dirty. Massage the kale with your fingertips, mixing the salad, and almost mushing the salad together.
Do a taste test, season with salt and pepper, and enjoy.
Happy BBQ season!