Tangy and Delicious Corn, Fresh Tomato, and Black Bean Side Dish
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.
- 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
- Roast or boil the corn; then let them cool. Once they've cooled, cut off the corn from the cobs.
- Remove the black beans from a can, rinse, and drain.
- Halve or quarter the tomatoes, depending upon size.
- Finely chop the entire bunch of cilantro.
- Slice the scallions.
- Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the extra virgin olive oil, the juice of the limes, and salt and pepper.
- Toss to combine and adjust the oil, lime juice, and seasonings to taste.
- 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.
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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