Every year, as soon as spring hits, I'm constantly amazed at how amazing the fresh produce can be. You'd think I'd get used to it, but after a dreary winter of eating soups and stews, a fresh meal on a warm day is absolute bliss. And of course, anytime I can also fire up the grill, I'm even happier.
Grilled Corn and Pepper Salad on Cilantro Lime Rice
2 small red/orange/yellow bell peppers (I used 1 red and 1 orange), chopped
1 medium ripe tomato, chopped
1 poblano pepper
2 ears of corn, shucked
1/4 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped
1 large lime
1 cup rice
Cook the rice according to its instructions, preferably in a rice cooker.
While it's cooking, rub the corn and the poblano in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill them, turning often, until the corn caramelizes slightly on the outside and the poblano skin is charred. Let them cool off the grill for 5-10 minutes, and then peel the charred skin off the poblano and discard, and chop up the flesh (removing seeds and stem). Carve the kernels off the corn cob (alliteration, for the win!). Combine the chopped poblano flesh and corn kernels with the fresh chopped bell peppers, finely diced red onion, chopped tomato, and half of the cilantro. Juice 1/2 of the lime on the mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to mix, and set aside.
When the rice is finished cooking, add the remaining cilantro and juice from the other half of the lime to the rice, add a pinch of salt, and fluff to combine.
Serve the corn and pepper salad over the cilantro lime rice, and enjoy!
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