The other day, my friends and I discussed which fruit we are (or would be, I guess). Kind of like a spirit animal, but fruit takes the place of the animal. Get it?
Anyway, at first, I thought for a minute or two and my favorite fruits - banana and berries - came to mind, but then my (highly outgoing and social) friend Michael told me he is a banana. Not that two people can't be the same fruit, buuuuuuut we're opposites, so in this case... yeah, I'm not a banana. His reasoning? He mixes well with other fruits in almost any dish - fruit salad, smoothie, nice cream, etc. Makes sense to me. So, I moved on to berries. My reasoning? I'm small, berries are small; I'm quiet, and berries are pretty quiet, too; I'm often mistaken as intimidating, though I'm definitely not, and berries are often mistaken as high-maintenance, though they are quite simple. But, as I thought of berries in the context of recipes, I realized they often come in pairs or groups. For example - triple berry smoothies, berry cobblers, blue raspberry cotton candy, berry sorbet, etc. And they are usually found tossed in fruit salads, amongst various other fruits. You know? I'm more of a single entity - I work well on my own, and prefer to spend time in my own head, just thinking quietly and doing my thing. With that, I crossed berries off the list.
Grapes? No. Michael convinced me I'm definitely not a grape because when you bite into a grape, "you just get all of it - all the juice, the skin, everything. You know all about it immediately." Nope. That ain't me.
Avocado? Nada. I don't even really know why I tried that one.
Peach? Ehh, the fuzz throws me off. I'm not fuzzy...
Nectarine? Okay, let's think. Nectarines are not high-maintenance or expensive. They can be sliced or eaten whole. While they do work well in a fruit salad, they can hold their own to be eaten just as they are. They don't overpower other fruits or components of a dish, but they also aren't too weak to the point of being overlooked in a crowd (or bowl?). Hmm...
I'm a nectarine :) I'm a content, sweet, single, happy little nectarine. Here, you'll find me diced - but not too finely - and tossed with juicy corn, sharp red onion, tangy lime juice, and mighty cilantro to compose maybe some taco topping, or maybe
Makes 3-4 cups
2 ears corn, cooked and removed from cob
2 nectarines, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
2/3 cup chopped cilantro
4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. Sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a small dish, whisk together the wet ingredients - everything from the apple cider vinegar to the salt and pepper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the corn, nectarines, bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro. Stir until well incorporated, then drizzle the dressing over the top and stir again to coat throughout.
- Refrigerate at least two hours before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.