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

Updated on July 8, 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.

Corn, Black Beans and Fresh Tomato Side Dish
Corn, Black Beans and Fresh Tomato Side Dish | 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 barbequed meats, oven-roasted, fried or rotisserie chickens, and many other types of meat. It's great with fish or with vegetarian dishes, as well.

At a potluck gathering, this dish would rapidly disappear. People eat with their eyes first, and this hits the mark with colorful visual appeal.

So colorful and tasty!
So colorful and tasty! | Source


  • 4 ears fresh corn on the cob
  • 1 (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


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

Note About Substitutions

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

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

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        4 days 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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        5 days ago from the short journey

        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 

        11 days ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Genna,

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

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        Genna East 

        12 days 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 days 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 days 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.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Mary,

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

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks 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)

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

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

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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!

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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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        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks ago from Minnesota

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

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 weeks ago from UK

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


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