Summer is over, but the craving for salads isn’t. I just crave heartier salads that can take me through the hectic day and that my daughter will also love. For this month’s Mizkan Cooking Challenge the five participating bloggers had to come up with a Favorite Light Recipe using a Nakano rice vinegar™as an ingredient. It really was easy because their seasoned rice vinegars can be splashed onto so many simple dishes to enhance their flavor. I chose to use the Nakano Rice Vinegar with Roasted Garlic to blend in with the robust flavors of the roasted corn, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, avocado and cilantro that make up this salad I tossed together with so many of my girl’s favorite ingredients that she gobbled it up!
Recipe: Roasted Corn, Mozzarella and Avocado Salad
-16oz bag of frozen roasted corn (or you can roast fresh corn yourself if you have time for that)
-1 pint cherry tomatoes
-8oz mozzarella cheese
-2 Hass avocados
-1 cilantro bunch, chopped
-1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
-2tbs Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar Roasted Garlic
-cayenne pepper to taste -salt and pepper to taste
Empty the corn, mozzarella, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced avocados and chopped cilantro all into one bowl. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil with the Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar and pour on top of the salad mixture to coat. Sprinkle some cayenne to pepper to taste. I like adding a lot of it, but my girl doesn’t like spicy foods, so I add it to my own serving. Salt and pepper to taste and mix to coat all the ingredients. Cut up some ciabatta or baguette and serve immediately. This is not a salad you want to prepare too much in advance because the cilantro wilts and the avocado browns quickly. But, it’s so easy to prepare that you can make it as soon as the craving hits!
Get even more Favorite Light Recipes inspiration when you check out the recipes (with video included!) that these Latina food bloggers created. Just click on the badges below. And visit the Nakano Facebook and Twitter pages where they are always posting great recipes and quick easy splash-on tips with your favorite seasoned rice vinegar as a healthy alternative. Oh, and here’s a behind-the-scenes pic with my little helper. She loves to pose with the ingredients!
Disclosure: This recipe and post was made possible thanks to the sponsorship from Mizkan Americas.