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Corn Salad with Tamale Croutons

This recipe is special because I was able to take a delectable, but somewhat complicated, appetizer recipe and turn it into a salad that's easy to make and transport. Adjust the jalapeno and chipotles to suit your spiciness level.—Richi Reynolds, Scottsboro, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (3/4 cup each)

Ingredients

  • TAMALE CROUTONS:
  • 3 cups frozen corn, divided
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • CHIPOTLE RANCH DRESSING:
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon buttermilk ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • SALAD:
  • 6 cans (7 ounces each) white or shoepeg corn, drained
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, well drained
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled jicama
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 4 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

Directions

  • Place 2 cups corn in food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. Add the butter, sugar and salt; cover and process until blended. Stir in masa harina and flour until a soft dough forms; fold in remaining corn. Using wet hands, press dough into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Score the dough into 1-in. squares. Bake 4-6 minutes longer or until golden brown. Immediately cut along the scored lines; cool in pan on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the corn, tomatoes, onion, jicama, cilantro, lime juice and jalapeno. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat; gently stir in avocados. Sprinkle with cheese and croutons. Serve immediately.

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