Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Apr 11, 2011

Coachella Corn Salad with Tequila Lime Dressing

Libations used: 1 Tbs tequila
Libations left over: Margaritas, anyone?
Two words - 96 degrees.  For all the lushes heading out to the desert this coming weekend for Coachella, it won't be the 100's, but it's still going to be HOT.  In that kind of weather, there's nothing I want more than cool salads and libations - so of course, I'm mixing the two!  I've found in the past, that eating options on the polo grounds and at all those crazy pool parties are not the most healthful of offerings.  If you're staying in a house, you also want something quick, cheap and easy to prepare for large groups of hungry revelers.  The flavors of this salad fit the mood of the desert, but the colors really pop.

Coachella Corn Salad with Tequila Lime Dressing - serves 4
  • 1 cup canned corn
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, cubed 
  • 1 Tbs minced cilantro
  • Juice of lime 
  • 1 Tbs tequila
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 pinches cumin
  • 2 pinches cayenne
- Whisk together all those dressing ingredients, and toss it in a bowl with the veggies.
- Done.
- Now go party like an indie rockstar.