It literally just happened.
So, I take my food pics on the back porch because that’s where I have the best natural light in the afternoons (that’s sunlight, not Natty Light, though one could wonder since I just told you I didn’t have a shirt on). This time of year, taking food pics can be a challenge because the sun goes down so early and my window of opportunity is pretty narrow.
I whipped up this (insanely delicious, stupid easy, totally addicting) salad and set about staging things to take some pictures. When I stepped outside I realized the sun was setting QUICK so I knew I had to hurry with my little photo session. As I was taking pics I noticed the dish had this bizarre orange tint? No matter what angle I tried, there was a neon glow. What the what?? Then I realized it was my shirt! I was wearing a neon orangey-pink sweatshirt (yes, ma’am, you heard that right… complete with matching neon leggings because I’m over 40 and I do what I want) and the shirt was casting a glow on the food. With not a minute of sunlight to spare, I looked over at the neighbor’s house to see if their blinds were open (they were, but again, I’m over 40 and I do what I want) and then whipped off my shirt to finish taking pictures.
Husband walked outside and said, WHY is your shirt off?! I quickly explained and he said, The neighbors can SEE you. To which I replied that I didn’t have anything that they hadn’t ever seen before and since they’re still in their twenties it’s prolly time they got a good look at what things are going to look like some day.
As you can see below, the second picture is a bit orange but just know that’s just me and my big loud shirt and not the actual color of the salad!
Speaking of the salad! My friend Kristie Marshall introduced me to this last summer when our boys were playing all-stars together. As we’re prone to do around here, everyone pitched in with covered dishes for a team supper one night after practice and Kristie brought this salad. I’d never heard of such a thing but that didn’t stop me from digging in! It was the hit of the shin-dig! I went back for thirds before we broke camp.
Kristie gave me the recipe she uses, which I learned is a Paula Deen recipe. The only thing I did different was to add a little sour cream (vs. using all mayo…. y’all know my girl Paula loves her some mayonnaise) and I garnished it with a little fresh chopped cilantro because I LOVE cilantro.
Calling this a salad is a bit of a stretch but I don’t care. It has veggies in it and it’s delicious and that’s all I care about! Don’t leave out the bell peppers or onions even if you don’t love those things by themselves. The crunch and freshness make for the perfect contrast with the rich creaminess from the cheese, sour cream and mayo. You will LOVE this! I promise!
Frito Corn Salad
2 15-oz cans corn, drained well
1 cup finely diced red onion
1 cup finely diced green pepper
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup sour cream
8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
Pinch of salt
1 10-oz bag Chili Cheese Fritos
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
Combine corn, red onion, green pepper, mayo, sour cream, cheese and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
When ready to serve (and not before!) fold in corn chips then garnish with cilantro if desired.
Makes approximately 12-14 servings.
- Once you stir the fritos in, you’ve probably got about 2 hours max before they lose their crunch so wait until the last possible minute to mix them in.
- You can use any variety of whole kernel corn. The mexi blends (fiesta, green chili, etc) would probably be great in this!
- Feel free to substitute pepper jack cheese for the cheddar for a little kick.
- Recipe adapted from Paula Deen