I’ve written in past posts how I like to get inspiration for healthy dishes by re-vamping recipes done by “celebrity chefs.” I love learning how other people work with food to create delicious dishes… and then my little brain starts to spin the recipe to make it healthy and a good fit for our lifestyle.
I have to admit… another one of my favourite chefs is Bobby Flay. Yes, Bobby is a master meat griller and is famous for making his signature hamburgers, but I really enjoy the way he combines spices and flavours for his dressings and sauces, along with his unique side dish creations.
Today’s recipe comes from two of his recipes that I fused into one. It was very simple, since the recipes are similar. And with the fresh flavours in both… I couldn’t resist.
The two recipes I was inspired by was Bobby Flay’s Avocado-Corn Relish and his Crunchy Avocado Salad. I thought combining corn and avocado in a fresh salad was a yummy idea so I couldn’t resist drawing from these recipes to make a healthy salad.
Avocados are one of my favourite foods. My husband… not so much. But this recipe turned out so well he actually ate it! I was floored. This was a good sign.
Here’s the inspired recipe:
2 ripe avocados, cubed
2 cups corn kernels
4 ripe regular tomatos, cubed
1 handful black olives, pitted
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin, ground
Sea salt to taste
Blue Corn Chips (optional)
Brown the corn kernels in a pan with a little bit of olive oil. Let the corn cool. Then combine corn, avocado, tomatoes, olives, parsley, chickpeas and green onions. In a bowl combine dressing ingredients and whisk. Pour dressing over salad and toss lightly.
If I had blue corn chips, I would have crushed them and sprinkled them on top just before eating for that added “crunch” value. That would have been awesome. I’ll do that next time.
— This recipe tastes even better the next day once the flavours have “married.”