Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Micro-recipe: Tajín Cucumber Salad

It's been a looooooong time since my last post, but I threw this together today, and it was too good not to share.

This recipe is a mash-up of two Mexican dishes:
  1. Cucumbers with chili-lime powder
  2. Elote (sweet corn) with crema, chili-lime powder, and cotija cheese
I was originally going to make the former, but tried adding a dab of crema, and I fell in love.


Serves 2.  Theoretically.


INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced
  • A big dollop of Crema* or sour cream, about 2TBSP 
  • A generous shake of Tajín** chili-lime seasoning to taste, about 1/2 Tsp

INSTRUCTIONS:

Toss all ingredients together to coat. 

Enjoy. 

Then go make another batch.


TIPS:

*I like the Salvadoran style crema best:  it's rich with a slightly butterscotch-y flavor.  But you can substitute Mexican crema or sour cream.  Yogurt might also work, but might be to tangy

** Tajín is a crackful seasoning made from dehydrated lime juice, dried chilis and salt.  It's sometimes called "fruit and snack seasoning" or "salsa en polvo".  There are other brands of chili-lime seasoning, but I don't know if they're similar enough to use in this recipe.  If you don't have any, substitute lime juice, cayenne (or your favorite ground dried chili pepper), and salt.

Tip:  try Tajín sprinkled on watermelon, other fruit, or even on plain cucumbers without the crema.