sweet corn and black bean salad

This salad is super easy to prepare and makes a really bright, festive addition to summer meals.  It combines sweet corn, black beans, juicy tomatoes and zesty cilantro, blended with a simple rice vinegar and lime dressing.  You can serve it with tortilla chips for dipping, but it works beautifully as a side dish, too.  Somewhere in a couple of cross-country moves, I lost my original recipe.  This one is adapted from a very similar recipe from Whole Foods.  Their recipe called for red bell pepper instead of tomato.  But, since we have a garden full of ripe tomatoes, I substituted them in and, honestly, think it’s better with the tomatoes.  Personal preference, though.  Use what you like.  Enjoy!

Sweet Corn and Black Bean Salad


  • 1 can sweet corn, rinsed and drained, or 2 cups fresh or frozen and thawed corn kernels

  •  1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

  •  2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

  •  1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  •  1 tablespoon lime juice

  •  1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  •  1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  •  1 can low sodium, organic black beans, rinsed and drained

  •  2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped

  •  1/3 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped


Combine corn, beans and diced tomato.  Rinse minced onions in cold water to remove some of their sharp, acidic flavor; pat dry and add to corn, bean and tomato mixture.

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper to make a dressing. Add beans, corn, onion and tomato and toss until just incorporated. Cover and chill for about 2 hours. Add cilantro and toss again before serving.


3 responses

    • Thanks, Rufus. We love this, too. Great with chips or just straight out of the bowl. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment.


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