Last weekend Faye straightened out / organized a couple of our pantry closets, and a single can of white hominy wound up at the front of a row of canned corn. I have only eaten whole hominy a couple of times in my life, and I can’t remember what I had in mind when I purchased it this time. I have always regarded hominy as an inferior food devoid of nutritional value. A little reading informed me that I was wrong.
While hominy is a processed food it is processed for very good reason. Dried corn is soaked in a lye solution which dissolves hemicellulose and releases the essential nutrient niacin enabling it to be assimilated by the human body. The process softens the corn kernels removing the hull and making it more easily digestible. Without this process those eating a corn dependent diet would be prone to niacin deficiency and the disease Pellagra. The process also provides dietary calcium. Thank you Wikipedia.
To the rinsed and drained hominy I added red bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, green olives (stuffed with garlic and jalapeño), green onions and cilantro.
When all that was mixed together I added cubed feta cheese and the last of the Sweety Drop peppers.
The salad was served on Romaine lettuce leaves with chunks of avocado scattered on top.
Cilantro Lime dressing went very well with this salad as did my fermented jalapeño hot sauce.