Black Bean and Corn Salad

September 5th, 2008 by katie

This is a great party contribution, especially for an outdoorsy, barbecue-type party. Although really anytime you want to impart a little summery fiesta attitude into a regular old party, feel free to bring this salad. Also a great side dish for taco night or with fajitas, just expect leftovers for lunch the next day.

Black Bean and Corn Salad

makes approx 6 cups, prep 20 min
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (start with 1/2 a can)
  • 1 (16 oz) frozen corn, thawed (could also used canned or fresh or grilled)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper, diced
  • 1-2 jalapenos, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  1. Whisk together the first nine ingredients, oil through black pepper.
  2. Combine all your chopped vegetables-beans, corn, onion, tomato, peppers and cilantro-and toss in the dressing.
  3. Best when prepared ahead of time and allowed to sit in the refrigerator. I usually try to make it the day before but you could even make it a couple days ahead.

This salad can really be made to suit your tastes. I have made it both with fresh red bell peppers as well as roasted red peppers from the jar. I have forgotten the tomatoes and added more or less jalapenos and cilantro, or substituted serranos for the jalapenos. I am not sure I ever make it the same way twice because, as I’ve said before, I am unable to just accept it and leave a good recipe alone.

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6 Responses

  1. Kristen

    This is so colorful… I bet it would get a lot of attention at a BBQ!

  2. noble pig

    I would put it on my burg! I would…it’s beautiful and very refreshing looking.

  3. alexandra's kitchen

    this would be good on anything. I would eat it straight. or it spread it between a tortilla, slather it with cheese and make a quesadilla. can’t wait to try it!

  4. Kevin

    Going to add this to my make list! I wonder what it would be like with grilled corn.

  5. Kevin

    Just wanted to let you know we made this for our 4th of July weekend and everyone loved it. Thanks for posting it.


  6. Judy

    I made this, with a few variations and it turned out great – very tasty and pretty too. (I’ll be posting my version on my blog today)I really like your blog – great recipes and explanations. Thanks.

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