Corn Salad goes well with burgers, chicken


July 03, 2002|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Elaine Slupe of Winchester, Va., writes that she would like to find a recipe for corn salad "like the one served on the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday's Restaurant. It appears to have corn, tomatoes, onion, and red, green and yellow peppers, plus something that tastes like cilantro and perhaps some cumin. It is always delicious and fresh. If any of your readers have this recipe, I would be most grateful for it."

Beth Edelstein of Timonium responded. She wrote: "I think I have the recipe for corn salad Elaine Slupe needed. Hope she likes it as much as we do here. It's great with everything."

Corn Salad

Makes about 3 cups

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon celery seed

1/3 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup water

one 12-ounce can whole-kernel corn, drained

1/4 cup each finely diced red, green and yellow peppers

1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, finely chopped and drained

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, onion, turmeric, celery seed, vinegar, water and corn. Cook until mixture boils. Stir in remaining ingredients. Chill before serving.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "A delicious, relishlike side dish, this goes great with hamburgers or grilled chicken, and it looks very festive and colorful. I would suggest adding the peppers, cilantro and red onion once the mixture has cooled, so the veggies maintain their snap and color. The 1/4 cup water is not really necessary. I would cut that amount in half, so the resulting salad is not too soupy."

Recipe requests

Bert Fowler of Timonium is seeking a recipe "for a sweet-and-sour meatloaf. I lost my copy of this fantastic recipe, and I recall that the coating is made with molasses or brown sugar and vinegar."

Sue Fisher of Hastings, Fla., would love to find a recipe for a stew that her husband would love to have again. His grandmother made it for him when he was in his teens. The stew was made with beef kidneys, potatoes, carrots, peas and more. "My husband was born in the northeast section of Pittsburgh, Pa., if that helps," she wrote.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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