This black bean and corn summer salad is a great fresh and healthy side dish to bring to any summer bbq!
Oh summer, how I love all of your fresh, bright and flavorful produce! Sure you can usually get most types of fruits and veggies year round these days, but tomatoes, herbs and the like just don’t taste the same in the dead of winter, right? I mean, how far did that little tomato have to travel to get to Central Ohio in December? I’m guessing pretty far because I’ve never seen anything close to a ripe tomato growing around here in the middle of winter.
With summer approaching and better produce becoming available at the grocery store, I try to take full advantage of the offerings! This quick and easy salad uses some of the seasonal produce like bright tomatoes, sweet corn and fresh cilantro that says “summer is here!”
I love how the flavors come together to create not only a healthy side dish, but something the whole family will love. Our little Emily loves to pick up each different vegetable, inspect it and then take a big bite, saying “num, num, num.” It’s honestly the cutest thing ever.
Making this little side dish is pretty easy too. Parts of it, like the corn, black beans, green onion, cilantro, lime and salt can all be combined ahead of time, which leaves you to only add the tomato and avocado closer to serving. This is a great side dish to round out your summer BBQ menu because it’s healthy, pretty quick and easy to make and will be loved by all.
If you’re looking for something to bring to your next summer party, add this one to your list!
- 3 tomatoes, diced and seeded (about 1 lb)
- 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 ears of corn, cooked* (about 1-2 cups)
- 1 avocado, peeled and cubed
- 2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced (about 1-2 Tbs)
- ¼ tsp. salt, plus more to taste
- Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and stir until combined. Add more salt, lime juice and cilantro if desired.
- This salad's best served the same day as it's made. The lime juice helps to keep the avocado green, but it will turn brown after some time. You can combine everything, except the tomatoes and avocado a few hours before serving and then add the to tomatoes and avocado up to an hour before serving for best results.
*Recipe adapted from Taste of Home (June/July 2014 edition)