I was able to try a fabulous dish recently at a family gathering. At first glance, it looked quite intimidating. Honestly, the whole thing is held together by mayonnaise—how could it taste like anything else? What does one do in a situation like this? I could feign “stomach troubles€ or that I have already ate, but I was already caught red handed with a semi-full plate. I took the only option available to me at the time…
I am not usually one to try something new; you can ask my husband all about it. It is something of a joke between us that I usually order the same items whenever we go out to eat. Sometimes I do surprise him and try something different.
Since my cousin is a great cook, I decided to give it a taste. Much to my surprise, it was delicious. The top layer of chips mixed with the vegetables give it a wonderful crunchiness and thanks to the mayonnaise, it all slides down easy. Truly, a dish fit for Kings and Siestas alike.
So here it is: Jessica’s Corn Salad
- 2 cans of whole kernel corn (drained)
- 2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup mayonnaise (the real stuff, not Miracle Whip)
- ½ of a green bell pepper*
- ½ of a white onion*
- 1 bag of Chili Cheese Frito Corn Chips
- Salt and Pepper to taste
*The amount of green bell pepper and onion is a guess. Depending on your tastes, feel free to use more or less.
- Finely chop the green bell pepper and the onion
- Mix the corn, cheese, mayonnaise, green bell pepper, and onion together
- Spread into a dish
- Optional: Chill in refrigerator for an hour or two before adding topping
- Add Chili Cheese Fritos (or equivalent brand) to top before serving
Here are some pictures of my first attempt. I must say, it tasted just like hers. It is wonderful for picnics, family gatherings, and just to munch on as a quick snack (grab some corn chips and just turn the whole thing into a dip!). I have read online that some people like to add a tablespoon or two of ranch dressing in it for a different taste. My husband thinks that it would be immensely better if there were a few chopped jalapenos hidden inside somewhere, but I did not like that idea. I will let him make his own batch.
I must tell you, it does not keep well. The chips can become soggy within a day or so, and the vegetables may seep out liquid that does not mix well with the oil in the mayonnaise. Eat as soon as possible!