2 ears corn, husked
2 pounds mussels (see Note)
1/2 cup water
1 large tomato (about 8 ounces), cored, seeded, and cut into small dice (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 small red onion, cut into tiny dice (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into small dice (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 serrano pepper, minced
1 lime, juiced
Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Most mussels found in markets today are 'cultivated' meaning that they are raised in a controlled environment and are much less likely to be muddy or to sport "beards," the wiry growths that protrude from the shell. If the mussels you buy have beards-you'll find them sticking out from between the shells about halfway down the flat side of the mussel-simply give the beards a good, firm tug to remove them. In any case, it's a good idea to rinse the mussels in a colander under cold water before cooking them.
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