Avocado and Corn Salsa

yield: Makes 2 to 3 cups

A salsa this simple lives or dies by the quality of the ingredients—ripe avocado, luscious tomato, and a sweet, crunchy ear of corn. Most of my corn salsa recipes call for grilled corn. This one features the succulent crunch of raw corn to reinforce the sweetness of the fresh avocado. 

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 ripe red tomato, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 ear sweet corn, shucked
  • 1 scallion, both white and green parts, trimmed and finely chopped, or 3 tablespoons diced sweet onion
  • 1 to 2 jalapeño peppers or serrano peppers, seeded and minced (for a hotter salsa, leave the seeds in)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Place the avocado in the bottom of a nonreactive mixing bowl and gently toss it with 2 tablespoons of the lime juice. Spoon the tomato on top of the avocado.

2. Cut the kernels off the corn. The easiest way to do this is to lay the cob flat on a cutting board and remove the kernels using lengthwise strokes of a chef’s knife. Add the corn kernels to the mixing bowl. The salsa can be prepared to this stage up to 2 hours ahead. Refrigerate it, covered.

3. Just before serving, add the jalapeño(s) and cilantro to the mixing bowl and gently toss to mix. Taste for seasoning, adding more lime juice as necessary and season with salt and pepper to taste; the salsa should be highly seasoned.

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