While the wise Homer Simpson once pointed out, "you don’t win friends with salad," I believe this one might be the exception. And not just because there's no lettuce required.
This southwestern-style salad features some of the summer's best ingredients, such as fresh corn and heirloom tomatoes, enlivened by lime, jalapeno, and a touch of cilantro. Plus, it's a little bad: avocado and creamy cotija cheese add a dose of fat for those sharing the Simpson sentiment.
2 ears corn, corn removed from the cob
1 bell pepper, diced
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 can black beans, drained
1 can hearts of palm, drained and sliced
1 avocado, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
½ c. cotija cheese, grated
1 handful cilantro, loosely chopped and added to taste (I say "to taste," because some people really hate the stuff, and we're trying to win friends here, not lose them.)
1 ½ limes, juiced
1 T. olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large serving bowl, combine tomatoes, corn, bell pepper, red onion, black beans, hearts of palm, avocado, and jalapeno. Mix until they are all friends.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour over the salad and mix well. Refrigerate for ten minutes, so the canned ingredients can chill down. Artfully add cotija cheese on top and serve.