Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad
Makes 6 servings
Free From gluten and all top 8 allergens
With sweet crunchy corn in peak-season, it’s readily available and at the height of its deliciousness. While fantastic simply steamed or boiled on the cob, corn is also wonderful grilled, and can take center stage as a featured ingredient in salads, salsas, and many other sides. When shopping for fresh corn, look for green moist husks that cling tightly to the corn. To determine if it’s ripe, look for deep brown silk tips or ends — however, the whole silk should not be dried up — if it is, your corn is probably past its prime. A sure-fire way to make sure your corn is fresh and ripe is to peel back the husk slightly, and check the top row of kernels for plumpness. Dried or shriveled corn is a no-go. The ultimate test is to pierce a kernel with your fingernail. If it’s milky, your corn is just right.
This flavorful fresh Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad is a perfect accompaniment to any summer meal. Try it with my Carne Asada, for a flavor-full fiesta!
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
¼ cup + 2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
¼ cup + 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for brushing
salt and black pepper, to taste
6 ears corn, husks and silks removed and halved
½ cup finely diced red onion
1 red bell pepper, diced
⅓ cup chopped, loosely-packed cilantro leaves
2 ripe, firm avocados, diced
1. In a small bowl, combine garlic, cumin and chili powder. Whisk in lime juice. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking to emulsify. Add pinch of salt and dash of pepper.
2. Heat grill to high. Liberally brush corn with olive oil and lightly season all sides with salt and pepper. Grill with lid closed 10-12 minutes, turning every few minutes, until slightly charred on all sides.
3. Transfer corn to cutting board. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut off kernels. Place kernels in a large bowl and stir in onion, bell pepper and dressing. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add cilantro and avocado and toss gently to combine.
4. Serve immediately or cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad © 2014 by Cybele Pascal
This recipe first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Allergic Living Magazine
Old-Fashioned Strawberry Tart
Makes 9½-inch tart
Free From gluten and all top 8 allergens
This beautiful tart disappears in only a few hours at my house; it’s that good. Nobody would ever guess it’s gluten-free and allergy-friendly. Look for small sweet fresh strawberries at your local farmers’ market and use fresh squeezed orange juice for the biggest burst of flavor. To make sure every last bit of the juicy filling makes it into your tart, I highly recommend using a rubber spatula when transferring the sauce and jam.
Shortbread Tart Crust
1 1/2 cups my Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix, or Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend
¼ cup + 2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
¾ tsp xanthan gum
⅛ tsp salt
10 tbsp dairy-free soy-free vegetable shortening
1-2 tbsp orange juice (see instructions)
5 cups hulled/de-stemmed strawberries, 1 cup sliced, 4 cups halved
½ cup granulated sugar
1½ tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp orange juice
¾ tsp unflavored gelatin or vegan gel
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ cup plus 1 tbsp strawberry jam, divided
1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9½-inch tart pan with removable bottom.
2. In bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, sift together flour mix, confectioners’ sugar, xanthan gum, and salt. Add shortening (be very exact about this measurement) in tablespoon-sized pieces. Mix on medium speed to create a coarse meal, about 1 minute.
3. Add orange juice (1 tablespoon if using classic vegetable shortening, 2 tablespoons with palm shortening) and mix until dough begins to ball in the center, about 20 seconds. It should be the texture of soft new play dough.
4. Turn out dough onto a sheet of parchment or waxed paper and form into a ball. Top with another sheet of parchment or waxed paper, flatten into a disk and roll out to make a ¼-inch thick circle, 1 inch wider than your tart pan.
5. Remove top sheet of paper, flip crust into prepared tart pan and press down with the palm of your hand. Gently peel off remaining sheet of paper and finish pressing in dough, patching the sides or any breakages as necessary. Trim by running a rolling pin over top of the tart pan. Prick dough with a fork 8 times.
6. Bake crust for 20 minutes, or until set and very lightly golden. If it puffs up while baking, prick crust a couple more times. Let cool on a wire rack.
7. While crust is cooling, make strawberry sauce for filling. Puree 1 cup sliced strawberries in a blender until liquefied. Add granulated sugar, cornstarch, 1 tablespoon orange juice, gelatin and salt, and puree until smooth.
8. Transfer strawberry sauce to a small saucepan and stir in vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring continuously with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to low, cook and stir for 1 minute, or until thickened like pudding. Transfer to a bowl and let cool to lukewarm (not cold), stirring a few times to help the process.
9. Warm jam over low heat in a small saucepan or in the microwave, stirring vigorously to thin. Using a pastry brush spread a thin layer of the jam on crust bottom. Chill crust in refrigerator for 10 minutes.
10. Gently combine 4 cups halved strawberries with remaining strawberry jam in a large bowl. Add lukewarm strawberry sauce and lightly toss until the strawberries are well-coated. Transfer filling to the cooled tart crust, evenly distributing strawberries.
11. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving. This pie is best served the day of, but it is also excellent the next day. Optionally, top each slice with your whipped topping of choice.
Old-Fashioned Strawberry Tart © 2014 by Cybele Pascal
This recipe first appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Allergic Living Magazine
Allergy-Friendly Matzo Ball Soup
Makes 4 servings
Gluten-Free and Free From the Top 8 Allergens
I am posting this recipe by special request of a reader, tonight, who could no longer find it up on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living site — and that is because the magazine no longer exists
These matzo balls look just like traditional matzo balls, and mimic the texture very nicely. Be prepared to serve and eat them right away.
Happy Passover, Sara 😉 And to all!
4 cups low-salt chicken broth or stock (for cooking the matzo balls in — allergy-friendly)
1/3 cup corn flour
¼ cup potato starch
¼ cup quinoa flakes
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer mixed with 2 Tablespoons chicken broth
1 Tablespoon applesauce
2 Tablespoons canola oil
¼ cup chicken broth
¼ cup very finely minced yellow onion
1 ½ teaspoons finely minced parsley
extra finely minced parsley or dill for garnish
1. Measure out corn flour and potato starch by spooning into dry measuring cups, then leveling off with a straightedge or butter knife. Combine flours with quinoa flakes, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, and a few turns of freshly ground pepper. Whisk well, and set aside.
2. Whisk together egg replacer (prepared as instructed above), and applesauce. Add canola oil, and then remaining ¼ cup of chicken broth. Whisk well.
3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add liquid ingredients, and stir with a wooden spoon. Add minced onion and minced parsley, stirring to combine.
4. Heat 4 cups chicken broth over medium-high heat.
5. Meanwhile, wet hands slightly with cool water, and roll dough into balls, about 1 ½-inches in diameter, wetting hands again as necessary.
6. Once chicken broth has come to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and gently add matzo balls to pot. Reduce heat to low, cover pot and cook 10 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them or they’ll get soggy, but cook them long enough to cook the onions. 15 minutes max. Remove from heat.
7. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle in some parsley or dill. Serve immediately.
Tip: If you have had to let the matzo balls sit before serving, by some misfortune, reheat the broth to a simmer and heat until matzo balls are bobbing again.
Allergy-Friendly Matzo Balls (and Matzo Ball Soup)
© 2010 by Cybele Pascal