Cooking on deadline: Southwestern black bean and corn salad

July 11, 2018 10:48:55 AM

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This is one of those salads that just saves the day over and over again. 

 

Here are the reasons I love this salad: It's fast, it's really easy, it's inexpensive, it's crowd-pleasing, it's vegetarian, it's substantial, it's colorful, it's protein-filled, it's a meal in itself, it looks great on a buffet, it's super portable, it's season-less, it's make-ahead, it's flexible, it can be doubled or tripled (or halved, but that's not so much the point of this big-batch salad). 

 

I could keep going, but if you're not convinced by now, I think you probably aren't going to be. 

 

 

 

SOUTHWESTERN BLACK BEAN AND CORN SALAD 

 

Start to finish: 20 minutes 

 

Servings: 10 

 

 

 

Dressing: 

 

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 

 

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 

 

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

 

Coarse or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 

 

 

 

Salad: 

 

2 (15.5 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed 

 

2 cups cooked corn kernels (fresh or frozen) 

 

1 cup chopped red or yellow onions 

 

3 bell peppers, seeded and diced (red, yellow, orange, or a combination) 

 

2 Haas avocados, diced 

 

To Serve (optional): 

 

1 cup thinly sliced scallions 

 

1 cup crumbled feta cheese 

 

 

 

  • In a small container, combine the lemon juice, white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. 

     

  • In a large bowl, combine the beans, corn, onions and peppers. Shake up the dressing, pour it over the salad and toss to combine. Sprinkle the scallions and/or the feta over the top if desired, and toss again, or put them out for people to add to their salad as they wish. 

     

  • If you want to serve it right away, gently mix in the avocado. If you have time, this salad is better if you make it a day ahead, refrigerate it, and then just add the avocado right before serving. 

     

    Nutrition information per serving: 114 calories; 50 calories from fat; 6 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 112 mg sodium; 15 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 4 g protein.