Charred Tomato Tamale Salad

Team: Derby Tigggrrr's

Host School: Derby Elementary School

Age Group: Middle School



1 3/4 c masa harina

1/4c flour

1tsp baking powder

1tsp salt

2Tbsp vegetable oil

9oz warm water

1tsp onion powder

1tsp cumin

2 heirloom tomatoes

2c Vermont Creamery goat cheese

1c kale pesto



1tsp lemon juice

1Tbsp shallot

1Tbsp mustard

2Tbsp Vt Maple syrup

1Tbsp diced jalepeno

3/4c vegetable oil

1/2tsp salt

1/4tsp pepper

1/2tsp oregano

1/2tsp basil

1/4c vinegar


Crispy shallots

2 large shallots

1c corn starch

1tsp salt

1tsp chile powder

vegetable oil to fry


Kale Pesto

2 cloves garlic

4c kale leaves

1/2c parm cheese

2c fresh basil leaves

1/2c vegetable oil

1/2tsp salt

1/8tsp pepper



4c mixed baby greens

2 english cucumbers

1 carrots

1 red pepper

1 yellow pepper

1 small red onion

1c radish sprouts

Preparation Instructions


Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth.



Combine all ingredients except oil in bowl.  Use immersion blender to process and slowly drizzle oil till combined and emulsified.


Crispy Shallots

Thinly slice shallots and break slices apart into rings. Mix cornstarch and spices in a bowl.  Pre-heat oil to 350 degrees.  Coat shallots lightly with crnstarch mixture. Fry 1-2 minutes until golden brown.  Take out of oil and place on papertoweled plate.



Soak corn husks inwarm water for 5 minutes.  Cut tomatoes into thick slices and season both sides.  Add 1Tbsp oil to very hot pan. Carfully place tomatoes in hot pan. Sear until chared about 2 minutes a side. Place on a plate to cool.  In a bowl combine dry ingredients for the masa. Mix until combined.  Add oil and mix until pea size balls form. Add water and mix until dough ball forms. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Lay out corn husksand lightly coat inside with oil.  With a #40 scoup measure out dough balls.  Spread dough onto husks add a strip of chared tomato, 1tsp pesto and 1Tbsp goat cheese. Roll up husks and fold bottom. Steam tamales for 12-15 minues.