Tangy and Delicious Corn, Fresh Tomato, and Black Bean Side Dish

Updated on December 5, 2019
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My husband and I are what could be called "foodies." We enjoy sampling and discovering new and different foods from all areas of the world.

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. | Source

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 at the 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. | Source

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!

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Questions & Answers

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

    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

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liza,

      I am happy for you that you have been introduced to black beans. They can add so much to salads, casseroles, etc. We always keep some in our pantry.

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      Liza 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      I love a salad that has a variety of vegetables and fruits in it. Before moving to the US, I never had black beans. One day, my husband bought me a salad that contained black beans, corn, and tortilla strips. I loved it very much. A few times, I tried to add the same ingredients in the salad. Your recipe looks delicious and perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing, Peggy.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi C E Clark,

      I am sure that many people are probably doing more cooking at home these days if they have the ingredients. I hope you are staying safe and feeling well. Take care!

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      C E Clark 

      3 months ago from North Texas

      Even though the time seems to go slow for many people who aren't used to staying in as we must to hopefully stop the Virus circulating amongst us, summer will be here before we know it. One way to help the time go faster might be to try some new recipes -- for those who aren't struggling just to put food on the table. I know there are many people in that situation right now, but for those lucky enough to have a home that they don't have to worry about making mortgage payments on, trying new recipes could be a help for them to help the time go faster -- and maybe offer some to friends who aren't so lucky.

      This looks so delicious and nutritious. Posting it on FB & AH again.

      Stay well.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nell,

      As many people have stated, we first eat with our eyes. So having colorful, enticing food is a plus.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 months ago from England

      Looks amazing Peggy! I love the colors too. Food should always be fun, tasty, and colorful.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Aurelio,

      We are doing the same for a while after all the holiday festivities. Glad you like the sound of this recipe.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 months ago from Orange County, CA

      We've decided to eat at home more for the New Year and have been looking for some new side dishes. This one fills the bill. Thanks for posting it.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      This is a healthy dish and one that I am sure you will enjoy.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      This dish looks so good and surely is a healthy one., Will be trying it soon.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi C E Clark,

      This type of salad or side dish seems to be a real winner when serving it to most people.

      So far we have had only some light frosts in Houston, and they are widely scattered with weeks in between of nice weather. Glad to know that you are enjoying your DFW weather up there. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      C E Clark 

      8 months ago from North Texas

      The photos on this article really make this salad look scrumptious! I love salads. I like deserts, too, but somehow salads are more satisfying. Posting this on AH & FB.

      Hope you're having some great weather down there like we are most of the time up here in the DFW area. We're getting a few chilly nights below freezing, but mostly (so far) it's just right.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Devika,

      This is a good recipe for everyone be they vegetarian or not. Happy to know that you like the sound of this recipe.

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      Devika Primic 

      8 months ago

      I like a vegan dish and this sounds a great idea.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Denise,

      So happy to hear that you like this vegan side dish. Thanks for letting me know. Blessings to you, also.

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      Denise McGill 

      9 months ago from Fresno CA

      This looks like the perfect vegan side dish for me to try. I love salad alternatives. Thanks.

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nikki,

      That is the beauty of a dish like this. You can add items or adjust flavors to your liking. Your ideas sound like good ones.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      This recipe is a real crowd pleaser. Enjoy!

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      Nikki Khan 

      9 months ago from London

      I mostly make this as a salad dish, if you add up some cucumber, chick peas, reddish and pink onion to this, would become my one then, and yes, some lemon drops at the end. Yum!

      Thanks for the recipe Peggy dear!

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      Patricia Scott 

      9 months ago from North Central Florida

      So many yummy textures and flavors combined...I know I will be having this soon. Thank you to you foodies for sharing this. Angels are headed your way ps

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      manatita44 

      9 months ago from london

      A great combination! Nice!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello manatita44,

      Yes, I do like to cook, and so does my husband.

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      manatita44 

      9 months ago from london

      Probably won't make it but it looked quite healthy and nutritious. You are good at food too? Brilliant!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prantika,

      Hope you enjoy this as we do. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      10 months ago from Kolkata, India

      It's such a colorful and healthy dish. I am going to definitely try this dish. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SARA,

      So happy to be able to share this recipe with you and your husband. Enjoy!

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      SARA 

      11 months ago from Islamabad

      Very healthy, fresh and appetizing....can't wait to try it... Thanks for sharing.

      My husband would definitely love it.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cynthia,

      This surely is a colorful dish. We have to head back to our local HEB food store this week. The special is 10 ears of corn for $1.00. That is hard to beat! I'll be making more of this also. Glad you like the sound (and colors) of this recipe.

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      Cynthia Zirkwitz 

      11 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi Peggy,

      The burst of colors alone make this recipe very appealing! Local corn is in the stores now and we have a good source for ripe, fresh tomatoes! This delightful side dish will soon appear on our menu here. Thank you!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nithya,

      Yes, this is an easy dish to make. I hope you enjoy it.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      12 months ago from Dubai

      A healthy and delicious recipe, thank you for sharing. It is easy to make, I will try this out.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cynthia,

      So glad that this recipe was a hit at your potluck dinner. Thanks for your feedback. (Smile)

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      12 months ago from Georgia

      Hi. I followed your recipe last week and took the dish to a potluck dinner. It was a hit! I substituted the canned corn (no time to tackle the fresh) and I used bottled lime juice. Still it was great! Thank you for sharing the recipe. It will become a staple in my house.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      I might just do that.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      It is not only interesting...but really tasty too! Hope you give it a try.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      An interesting mix. Thanks for posting.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Roberta,

      Thanks for adding your comment about how this recipe also functions to help strengthen bones. Enjoy this flavorful and healthful recipe.

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      RTalloni 

      12 months ago

      Glad to find this recipe. I love cilantro and it provides K to our bodies, which aids us in absorbing calcium. Black beans are full of nutrients that also help calcium absorption. Your side dish will be a refreshing change-up in my focus on strengthening bones.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Genna,

      I am pleased that you like the sound of this recipe. Enjoy!

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      Genna East 

      13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Yummy! This looks so delicious, I'm printing out the recipe. Easy to make, and healthy = I'm there! Thank you, Peggy.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Doris,

      Microwaving corn is a great way to cook it. As to freezing it, I blanch it first and do cut it off the cob. It can be prepared in any method you like before freezing. I have also frozen grilled corn.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      13 months ago from Beautiful South

      So glad you published an actual recipe. A Mexican friend promised me one, but I never got it. Thanks a bunch. I need this. been making a dish similar to this for years without a recipe. I'd eaten similar food at potlucks that I liked. I'd always used canned whole kernel corn, so I'd like to try it with the fresh corn since this is fresh corn season. I prefer my corn microwaved on the cob because it doesn't boil away the flavor.

      Question, when you freeze fresh corn, do you cook or blanch it first? If so, before or after cutting it off the cob.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Chitrangada,

      I hope you enjoy this as much as we do. Thanks for your comment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds delicious indeed. All my favourite ingredients.

      Would love to try this.

      Thanks for sharing the details, with the helpful pictures.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Carrie,

      Am sure you will enjoy the flavor combination. It is so very tasty!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      This recipe truly is perfect for those hot summer days. It is cool and refreshing.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cynthia,

      This certainly does tick all the boxes you mentioned about easy, tasty, and visually appealing dishes. Enjoy!

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      Carrie Kelley 

      13 months ago from USA

      This looks like a tasty combination of flavors. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Norton 

      13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love the colours and I am sure it is very delicious, just right for a hot summer day.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      13 months ago from Georgia

      I'm always looking for easy, tasty and visually appealing dishes. This looks like it will tick all the boxes. Thanks for sharing!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Linda,

      It is fun to be able to make delicious and healthy food that is also easy to prepare. This is certainly one such recipe!

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is certainly a colorful and healthy recipe. It sounds tasty, too. I like the ease of preparation as well. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Peggy.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      You could substitute another type of bean but it would not have that sharp color contrast. Hope you give black beans a try. As you wrote, "what could go wrong..." (Smile)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Yes, this is perfect for those hot summer days, picnics, etc.

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Hopefully, you will find corn on sale. It may have been a loss leader for the grocery store, but we were happy to be able to take advantage of it. Thanks for your comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Linda,

      I am so happy to be able to share this with you. This was the first time that I paid attention to the amounts used so that I could share it with others. I have made this many times over the years but always did it without an exact recipe. Enjoy!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      I agree with you. When the temperatures rise, a cold dish seems just right. The fact of it being healthy is an extra perk.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't think I've ever had a black bean dish. Up north it's just not that popular, or so it seems. Maybe you've inspired me to at least consider making one. What could go wrong,right?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      This seems like an appealing and healthy side dish that should satisfy the taste buds at any summer get together.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This recipe looks delicious to me as I like every ingredient. I will definitely try and hope to see a sale on corn as you found. Thanks, Peggy.

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      Linda Rogers 

      13 months ago from Minnesota

      Love this healthy & delicious looking recipe. Cant wait to make this.

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      Liz Westwood 

      13 months ago from UK

      This is a very timely recipe. Just right to go with summer meals and healthy too.

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