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Tasty Black Bean Side Dish

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This corn, black bean, and fresh tomato side dish tends to disappear quickly at parties and gatherings.

This corn, black bean, and fresh tomato side dish tends to disappear quickly at parties and gatherings.

Easy-to-Make and Healthy Side Dish

This quick and easy side dish is a perfect accompaniment to take along on picnics. It can be kept chilled or served at room temperature, which is a plus when having some fun at an outdoor gathering. You can prepare this recipe several days in advance, or you can make it spur of the moment, just before serving.

It pairs nicely with barbecued meats, oven-roasted, fried, or rotisserie chicken, and many other types of meat. It's great with fish and vegetarian dishes as well. At potluck gatherings, this dish tends to disappear rapidly. People eat with their eyes first, and this dish hits the mark with colorful visual appeal.

A lot of this dish's appeal comes from its bright colors.

A lot of this dish's appeal comes from its bright colors.

Ingredients

  • 4 ears fresh corn on the cob
  • 15-ounce can black beans
  • 1/2 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 2 or 3 fresh scallions, to taste
  • 2 or 3 fresh limes (depending upon size)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Roast or boil the corn, then let it cool.
  2. Once cooled, cut the corn off the cobs.
  3. Remove the black beans from their can, rinse, and drain.
  4. Halve or quarter the tomatoes, depending upon size.
  5. Finely chop the entire bunch of cilantro.
  6. Slice the scallions.
  7. Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  8. Add the extra virgin olive oil, the juice of the limes, the salt, and the pepper.
  9. Toss to combine and adjust the oil, lime juice, and seasonings to taste.
  10. Chill until ready to serve.

Note About Substitutions

Canned corn or thawed frozen corn may be substituted for the fresh ears of corn. If cilantro is not a flavor you enjoy, flat-leaf parsley can be used instead.

Final Thoughts

This side dish is full of delicious, healthful carbs and is a real crowd-pleaser. When fresh corn on the cob is available in our grocery stores, I often end up making this recipe. Roasting the corn on the grill adds another delectable flavor dimension.

Recently, one of our grocery stores had fresh corn on the cob priced at 12 for $1.00. What a bargain! In cases like that, I often prepare the corn, take it off the cob and then freeze it for eating in the future. Fresh corn on the cob is a summertime pleasure!

Ready for a bite?

Ready for a bite?

Questions & Answers

Question: Do you have a favorite type of black bean to use for this dish?

Answer: We purchase the brand SW Organic Black Beans from Costco, but almost any brand would work in this recipe. Just be sure to drain and rinse the beans.

© 2019 Peggy Woods